Romanian prosecutors asked a Bucharest court on Friday to extend Andrew Tate’s detention by 30 days after he was arrested on suspicion of human trafficking, rape, and forming an organized crime group.
Tate, a former professional kickboxer, and his brother Tristan were detained for the first 24 hours on Thursday, along with two Romanian suspects, according to prosecutors from the anti-organized crime unit, who raided their properties in Bucharest.
“Anti-organised crime prosecutors have notified the rights and liberties judge with the Bucharest Court with a proposal to remand the four suspects for 30 days,” the prosecutors said on Friday.
The brothers declined to comment on Thursday but their lawyer confirmed they had been detained.
Prosecutors said the Tate brothers had been under criminal investigation since April.
“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,” prosecutors said in a statement late on Thursday.
“They would have gained important sums of money.”
Prosecutors said they had found six women who had been sexually exploited by the suspects.
Emory Andrew Tate III, also known as Andrew Tate, is a former kickboxer and Muay Thai fighter. He was born in 1982 and is from the United States.
Tate is known for his aggressive style and power in the ring, and he has competed in various kickboxing and Muay Thai organizations around the world. He has also worked as a coach and commentator in the sport. In addition to his career as a fighter, Tate has also gained some notoriety for his controversial statements and behavior on social media.
Tate became well-known for his misogynistic remarks and hate speech. He has stated that women are partially to blame for rapes and that they belong to men.
Tate was banned from several social media platforms, including Twitter, but his account was reactivated in November after the platform was taken over by Elon Musk. Tate said he was flying to California to tell Musk he was a “legend” in one of his tweets following his return to the platform.
Tate appeared to have sent a tweet on Friday indicating that he had continued to have access to his phone and social media while being held in custody.
Earlier this week, Tate was told to “get a life” by climate activist Greta Thunberg on Twitter after he told her he owned 33 cars with “enormous emissions”.
Tate hit back at Thunberg on Wednesday in a video during which he asked somebody out of shot to bring him pizza and to make sure the boxes were “not recycled”.
Thunberg joked on Twitter that “this is what happens when you don’t recycle your pizza boxes” in response to online speculation that the brand of pizza featured in the video assisted police in confirming Tate’s presence in Romania.
However, the representative of the anti-organized-crime unit stated that Tate’s arrest was not the result of the pizza boxes.
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