Andrew Tate arrested by Romanian police for human trafficking and rape
Social media influencer Andrew Tate will remain in jail in Romania for another 30 days, an official said, after being arrested on charges of human trafficking, rape and forming an organized criminal group.
Prosecutors had asked a Bucharest court to extend his detention for 30 days.
Tate, a British citizen who had previously been banned from social media platforms for his misogynistic views and hate speech, was arrested on Thursday along with his brother Tristan and two Romanian suspects, according to officials who raided their properties in Bucharest.
All four will be held for 30 days pending an investigation after a judge extended their initial detention period by 24 hours, said Ramona Bolla of organized crime agency Diicot. She said the decision was not final and the suspects could appeal.
“The four suspects (…) appear to have created an organized criminal group with the aim of recruiting, harboring and exploiting women by forcing them to create pornographic content intended to be viewed on specialized websites for a fee”, have prosecutors said.
Prosecutors say they found six women who had been sexually exploited by the suspects.
ICYMI: Elon Musk mocks Andrew Tate after tweet accusing ‘The Matrix’ of being shut down
Elon Musk has mocked influencer Andrew Tate after tweets from his social media account blamed ‘The Matrix’ for his arrest in Romania.
A tweet from Tate’s account appeared to respond to the arrest by saying, “The Matrix has sent its agents.” Another said: “The Matrix will only tell you what the Matrix needs you to believe.”
In apparent response to these, Twitter CEO Elon Musk posted a meme.
Stuti MishraJanuary 1, 2023 9:12 a.m.
Pizza box did not lead to Andrew Tate’s arrest, Romanian authorities say
A pizza box did not tell Romanian law enforcement the whereabouts of misogynistic influencer Andrew Tate before his arrest on human trafficking charges, officials say.
Memes and a widely shared image of Mr Tate eating from a pizza box in a social media video response to climate activist Greta Thunberg have sparked speculation the local pizzeria has given away his location.
But the arrest of the 36-year-old misogynistic social media personality and his brother on Thursday followed a months-long investigation.
Alex Woodward has more details here:
Stuti MishraJanuary 1, 2023 07:00
Voices: Here’s what Andrew Tate’s arrest means for Muslim women like me
“I can only hope this will finally discredit him and make the general public more aware of his dangerous and misogynistic ideology which is in complete contradiction to Islam,” writes Hafsa Lodi.
Stuti MishraJanuary 1, 2023 05:40
Andrew Tate’s model and ex-cop girlfriend arrested as suspects, report says
A model and a former police officer are believed to be the other two suspects arrested along with Andrew Tate in connection with an investigation into allegations of human trafficking and an allegation of rape.
While Romanian police have yet to confirm this, two women named Luana Radu, 32, and Georgiana Naghel, 28, have been arrested for working as Tate’s “closest lieutenants”, according to Daily Mail. .
Radu is a former Romanian police sub-inspector while Naghel was described as a businesswoman who is said to be in a relationship with Tate.
Stuti MishraJanuary 1, 2023 4:27 a.m.
Which social media platforms banned it and why?
“Misogyny is a hateful ideology that is not tolerated on TikTok. We have been removing violent videos and accounts for weeks, and are pleased to hear that other platforms are also taking action against this individual,” he said. said a spokesperson. The Independent.
However, most of Tate’s viral videos on the platform are shared by fan pages and other users.
TikTok said it was using technology to completely remove duplicate clips of Tate’s content from the platform and reviewing new content as it was shared.
Tate has also been removed from Facebook and Instagram. A Meta spokesperson said The Independent that Tate had been banned from both platforms for violating its policies, citing the company’s “dangerous people and organizations” guidelines.
Natalie CroquetJanuary 1, 2023 3:25 a.m.
What are the controversies surrounding Andrew Tate?
In 2016, Andrew Tate was kicked out of the 17e season of Big brother after just six days, after a video surfaced showing Tate hitting a woman with a belt. In a statement, both Tate and the woman in the video said the actions in the video were consensual.
Tate has since faced much criticism, primarily for his views on women, which have been denounced as misogynistic.
Some of his most viral videos see him expressing opinions such as “women can’t drive,” that men can cheat but women can’t, and that 18-year-old women are “more attractive than 25-year-olds because that they have experienced less d ***”.
Natalie CroquetJanuary 1, 2023 2:25 a.m.
Who is controversial TikTok influencer Andrew Tate?
Andrew Tate has been criticized for peddling “misogynistic views” and “negative portrayals of masculinity”.
The former kickboxer and social media influencer was born in the US but came to live in Britain aged four.
He is also the founder of Hustler University, an online “academy” where members pay a monthly fee in exchange for advice on how to generate passive income from several online industries.
Read more about him and his controversies here:
Natalie CroquetJanuary 1, 2023 1:25 a.m.
Influencer Andrew Tate’s social media account continues to blame ‘The Matrix’ for his arrest in Romania.
A tweet, posted on Saturday evening while he remains behind bars, read: “God is on our side, so Matrix won’t win. Inshallah.
An earlier tweet sent from the former kickboxer’s account appeared to respond to the arrest, saying, “The Matrix sent their agents.” Another said: “The Matrix will only tell you what the Matrix needs you to believe.”
Tate is known for spreading misogynistic views online and has previously been banned from social media platforms for hate speech.
Natalie CroquetJanuary 1, 2023 12:25 a.m.
Romania urged to act against traffickers by activists in 2021
A rights group called GRETA (Group of Experts on Combating Human Trafficking) drew attention to the crime in Romania last year, even as far-right influencer Andrew Tate was arrested on Thursday by the country’s authorities.
In a June 2021 press release, GRETA urged Romania to ensure that human trafficking offenses lead to effective and dissuasive sanctions and that victims of trafficking have access to compensation.
The report also notes that Romania remains primarily a country of origin for victims of human trafficking.
The group’s year-old press release resurfaced after Mr Tate locked horns with climate activist Greta Thunberg on Twitter.
Read Sravasti Dasgupta’s full story here:
Natalie CroquetDecember 31, 2022 11:25 p.m.
Tate’s arrest sees Romanian pizza company overwhelmed with positive reviews
ICYMI: A Romanian pizza company that featured in Andrew Tate’s viral response video to Greta Thunberg has been inundated with positive reviews online after his arrest.
The fast-food chain, Jerry’s Pizza, is rated 4.3 stars on Google and is said to be “worth the time,” and tastes “so good you’re in for a treat.” to get a piece of it.”
Reports suggest local authorities may have used Tate’s video, featuring boxes of pizza from Romania’s major takeaway, as proof he was in the country.
But did the pizza box really reveal its location?
Natalie CroquetDecember 31, 2022 10:25 p.m.