Following Andrew Tate's arrest on suspicion of human trafficking, rape, and organising a criminal organisation, a Romanian court decided late on Friday to prolong his incarceration by 30 days. After searching their homes in Bucharest, prosecutors from the anti-organised crime section announced that the former professional kickboxer, his brother Tristan, and two other suspects would be held in custody for the first 24 hours on Thursday.
According to prosecutors, there has been a criminal inquiry against the Tate brothers since April.
In a statement released late on Thursday, the prosecutors claimed that the four suspects "appear to have created an organised crime group with the purpose of recruiting, housing, and exploiting women by forcing them to create pornographic content meant to be seen on specialised websites for a cost,"
Eugen Constantin Vidineac, Tate's attorney, provided a statement to the media regarding the court's ruling, saying: "From our perspective, there are no grounds... for taking this most drastic preventive measure, but it is the judge's prerogative."
Six women who had been sexually exploited by the suspects, according to prosecutors, have been found.
Tate, who was born in the United States, is a dual citizen of the two countries. The American State Department acknowledged that it was informed of the situation. The British Foreign Office claimed that it had not been contacted for consular support about the situation.
Now let's take a look at why Tate has a problematic personality.
Tate became well-known for his hateful and misogynistic remarks. He has claimed that women belong to men and that they are partly to blame for being raped.
He has a sizable online following made up primarily of young guys thanks to his social media advertising of an ultra-masculine, opulent lifestyle. He has frequently been seen in recordings riding in private aircraft, driving costly sports vehicles, and going on exotic vacations.
Many social media sites blocked him because of his statements, but in November, once Elon Musk assumed control of the service, his Twitter account started to be used again. Tate declared in one of his tweets after rejoining Twitter that he was heading to California to inform Musk that he was "a legend."
Tate told Greta Thunberg he owned 33 vehicles with "enormous emissions" on Twitter the week before his arrest, and she advised him to "get a life."
On Wednesday, Tate responded by posting a video in which he requested pizza and requested that the boxes not be "recycled."
Thunberg joked on Twitter, "This is what happens when you don't recycle your pizza boxes," in response to online rumours that the brand of pizza shown in the video-assisted authorities in confirming Tate's presence in Romania.
The representative of the anti-organised crime section, however, asserted that Tate's arrest had not been made as a result of the pizza boxes.
The "Hustler's University," run by Tate, a former Big Brother contestant from the UK, claims to have over 160,000 subscribers who pay monthly to study subjects including cryptocurrencies, investing, and business.
Tate has a band of followers who mindlessly give in to his quest to popularise toxic masculinity and normalise misogyny. He openly propagates his problematic views, has been banned from numerous social media platforms and has been subjected to widespread hate as well. He is known for shaping the minds of men in the worst way possible, and even after these allegations, his loyal band of followers are getting into arguments on social media, and a lot of fake news and disinformation are surrounding this issue currently.
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