The controversial online celebrity Andrew Tate was detained in Romania on Friday night on charges of human trafficking, rape, and organizing a criminal gang. The court has just decided to prolong his incarceration for another 30 days.
Prosecutors from the anti-organized crime section claimed that they had raided the homes of the former professional kickboxer, his brother Tristan, and two Romanian suspects and detained all four of them for an initial 24 hours on Thursday.
The prosecution subsequently asked the judge to keep them in custody for an additional period.
As Tate’s attorney Eugen Constantin Vidineac put it, “From our perspective, there are no grounds… for taking this most draconian preventative action, but it is the judge’s discretion.”
They started a criminal investigation into the Tate brothers has been ongoing since April.
Prosecutors said in a statement released late Thursday that “the four defendants… appear to have constructed an organized crime gang to recruit, house, and exploit women by forcing them to generate pornographic video intended to be seen on specialized websites for a fee.”
Large quantities of money would have been added to their coffers.
Six victims of the accused’ alleged sexual exploitation have been located, the prosecutors said.
Tate, born in the United States, is a dual citizen of the United States and the United Kingdom. The U.S. Department of State has acknowledged its awareness of the situation. The British Foreign Office denied receiving any requests for consular help.
How Was Andrew Tate Arrested?
In a war of words on Twitter, tweets between Andrew Tate and young climate activist Greta Thunberg went viral on Wednesday, resulting in widespread mockery of the former.
After being insulted, he shared a video of himself smoking a cigar while dressed in a Versace robe as a last resort. Simultaneously, someone out of camera range gave him two boxes of Jerry’s Pizza, a well-known brand in Romania.
Pizza boxes may have played a role in his arrest just one day after he uploaded the video. According to the various reports, the boxes provided potential leads for the Romanian authorities to locate him.
An article in The Independent said that the authorities “used the footage as proof he was in the country.”
But is this true?
It was a difficult task compiling all the evidence,” Ramona Bolla, a spokesman for the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism, said in the Washington Post, denying the pizza boxes in the Twitter video played any role in Andrew Tate’s arrest.
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