Who is Andrew Tate? Romanian authorities seize nearly $4 million in assets in alleged human trafficking and rape probe

Bucharest, Romania — Romanian authorities say they have seized nearly $4 million worth of assets belonging to controversial internet personality Andrew Tate over the past week as he and his brother are investigated for human trafficking and rape charges.

Roughly 18 million lei, equivalent to US$3,942,700, were seized, the country’s ANABI agency said. Press Release On Saturday

Among the 29 seized assets are motor vehicles, luxury watches and sums of money in several different currencies, ANABI said.

The seizure was made at the behest of prosecutors of the Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism, reports ANABI.

Video released by Reuters on Saturday shows Romanian authorities at a compound emblazoned with a large “Tate” sign confiscating several high-value vehicles, including a Rolls Royce, BMW and Mercedes Benz.

Andrew and his brother Tristan Tate were detained in Romania in December as prosecutors pursued human trafficking and rape charges. Romanian authorities said police executed search warrants and took four suspects into custody – two British and two Romanian – as part of the investigation. It was reported by CNN.

Romania’s Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) said four suspects were detained in the first 24 hours. A Bucharest court accepted DIICOT’s request to keep Tate and his brother Tristan in custody for another 30 days, their lawyer Eugen Vidineac said on December 30.

DIICOT alleged that the four suspects formed an organized crime group that stretched from Romania to Britain and the United States to commit the crime of human trafficking.

Authorities say two of the suspects misled the victims “to believe they intended to enter into marriage/cohabitation” while transporting the victims to Romania and later sexually exploiting them through physical violence and coercion.

Authorities also said one of the suspects raped the victim on two separate occasions in March 2022. At least six victims were allegedly “sexually abused by an organized criminal group,” DIICOT said in a statement.

Tate known for misogynistic rants

Tate, a former professional kickboxer, is known for his viral internet rants about male dominance, female subjugation and wealth. He openly advocates violence against women and was previously banned from all major social media platforms until Elon Musk reinstated his Twitter account after taking over the company.

He came to the fore earlier this year, with many adults including teachers at the school expressing concern that his misogynistic ideas had taken root in the minds of countless young boys. Before he was taken down, his TikTok account had amassed about 11.6 billion views.

The week of his arrest, he made headlines for a Twitter interaction with Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who told Tate to get a life after he tweeted about his numerous cars “and their respective enormous emissions”.

There has been speculation online that authorities were tipped off to Tate’s presence in Romania by the appearance of a particular pizza box in one of the photos he posted during his spat with Thunberg.

However, according to Reuters, a DIICOT spokesman said the pizza boxes played no role in the detention.

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