- Romanian police have arrested notorious anti-women influencer Andrew Tate.
- Tate, his brother Tristan and two others have been arrested for human trafficking.
- He has been under criminal investigation for sex trafficking in Romania since April.
Andrew Tate, the ex-kickboxer turned YouTuber popular for his anti-woman views, has been arrested by Romanian authorities in connection with a human trafficking investigation, a day after he was publicly humiliated on Twitter by the climate activist Greta Thunberg.
According to Reuters, a Romanian organized crime unit arrested Andrew Tate, his brother Tristan and two Romanians on Thursday. Romanian prosecutors alleged the men – under criminal investigation since April 2022 – exploited women at their Bucharest mansion and said they would be detained for 24 hours.
“The four suspects appear to have created an organized criminal group with the purpose of recruiting, harboring and exploiting women by forcing them to create pornographic content for viewing on specialized websites for a fee,” prosecutors said, according to Reuters. “They would have won large sums of money.”
During the raid, prosecutors alleged they located six women who had been trafficked by the Tate crew since the start of 2021. In a press release, authorities alleged that at least one woman was raped and that the he operation was based between Romania, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Insider contacted Romanian authorities for additional details about the raid.
“The victims were recruited by British citizens by misrepresenting their intention to enter into a marriage/cohabitation relationship and the existence of genuine feelings of love (the loverboy method),” authorities said in a press release. . “They were then transported and housed in buildings in Ilfov county where, by exercising acts of physical violence and mental coercion.”
Andrew Tate’s paid video subscription program “Hustler University”, where he said women are responsible for being raped and are the possession of men, has raised him tens of millions of dollars and a legion followers, according to Buzzfeed News.
The detention comes just over 24 hours after Andrew Tate sparked a Twitter fight with climate activist Greta Thunberg, bragging about his 33 cars with “huge emissions”. In response, Thunberg told him to email him more information about his cars at “[email protected]”.
—Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) December 28, 2022
His response garnered over 3 million likes. Tate had been banned from all social media platforms for his extreme views until Twitter CEO Elon Musk reinstated his account in November.
The Tate brothers’ attorney did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.