Controversial British influencer arrested in Romania for aggravated pimping
Britons Andrew and Tristan Tate (back) were detained 24 hours by authorities in Bucharest, Romania, over allegations of pimping.
Controversial British influencer and former kickboxer Andrew Tate was appearing in a Bucharest court on Friday on charges of pimping aggravated, a few days after a very lively and abundantly commented exchange with the ecologist Greta Thunberg on Twitter.
Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan have been taken into custody for 24 hours, a spokeswoman for the DIICOT anti-Mafia prosecutor's office, Ramona Bolla, told AFP. The court, whose hearing began at 2 p.m., must decide on a possible pre-trial detention of 30 days.
Andrew Tate had a heated exchange this week, which went viral, with Greta Thunberg on social media, in which he praised himself for emitting a lot of greenhouse gases with his collection of big cars.
< p class="e-p">Upon news of her arrest, the Swedish activist tweeted ironically on Friday morning: [This is] what happens when you don't recycle your pizza wrappers.
This post, liked 1.6 million times at this point, helped fuel a speculation that Tate was located by Romanian authorities through a pizza wrapper visible in a video response he sent to her on Wednesday. .
Romanian prosecutors, however, denied the rumour. It's not related, reacted Ms. Bolla.
To determine whether a person is in the country or not, we use a variety of means, she added, noting that arrest warrants and search were already ready.
For her part, a spokesperson for Greta Thunberg confirmed to AFP that her tweet was a joke and that the Romanian authorities [had] not contacted her.
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The prosecution has been investigating since early 2021 and had already searched Andrew Tate's villa last April. According to a statement, the British influencer and his brother are suspected of gang crimes, rape and human trafficking in several countries.
Six potential victims have been identified at this stage. Duped by the two men who feigned feelings for them, they would have been kidnapped, forced into prostitution and the production of pornographic films.
The prosecutor's office released images of searches carried out on Thursday, which show firearms, wads of cash and sports cars seized in different places in Romania.
According the Romanian press, two women, including an American citizen, had been released last April from a Bucharest villa by the police. They claimed to have been forcibly detained there by the two brothers.
These British kickboxers moved to Romania a few years ago.
Andrew Tate had appeared on the TV show Big Brotherin 2016. He was eliminated from the competition after a video emerged showing him punching a woman.
He then turned to social networks, where he promoted masculinist theses. His accounts had all been suspended for misogynistic comments, before Twitter recently reactivated one.
In particular, he said that women victims of sexual abuse should be held responsible.
In the wake of the takeover of Twitter by Elon Musk, his account established in Dubai has however been reactivated on the social network. He is followed by 3.6 million people.
On his website, Andrew Tate presents himself with a shaved head and a well-trimmed beard, wearing aviator glasses.
Smoking big cigars and displaying bulging muscles, he claims to be a multimillionaire and coins his advice to men to help them become rich.