Andrew Tate Case: Authorities in Romania reported that as part of a criminal investigation into alleged human trafficking, which resulted in the arrest of contentious internet celebrity Andrew Tate, they had recovered commodities and money totaling $5.2 million.
The National Agency for the Management of Seized Goods announced on Saturday that it had placed under administration 29 movable assets over the previous week, including luxury cars, watches, and various sums of money in various currencies.
On December 29, Andrew Tate, his brother, and two female suspects from Romania were taken into custody on suspicion of setting up a gang to prostitution six women.
Tate, a 36-year-old dual citizen of the United Kingdom and the United States with 4.5 million Twitter followers, was detained in Bucharest on December 29 along with his brother Tristan and two Romanian women on suspicion of involvement in organised crime, human trafficking, and rape.
After a court upheld a judge’s decision to extend their detention from 24 hours to 30 days on December 30, all four of them lost an appeal on Tuesday. A day later, Tate was unsuccessful in another appeal that questioned previous asset seizures by the prosecution in the case.
The Tate brothers’ registered firms possessed more than ten properties and pieces of land, according to the anti-organized crime organisation in Romania, DIICOT, which also claimed to have seized 15 luxury cars in the case.
Human trafficking allegations on Andrew Tate
According to Ramona Bolla, a DIICOT spokesperson, if prosecutors can demonstrate that the defendants made money through illegal means, such as human trafficking, the assets may be used to pay for the costs of the investigation and victim compensation.
Six victims of human trafficking who were subjected to “acts of physical violence and mental coercion” and sexual exploitation by the members of the accused crime group have been identified, according to DIICOT.
According to the agency, victims were coerced into participating in pornography after being drawn in with false claims of love and afterwards threatened, watched over, and subjected to other forms of control.
Former professional kickboxer Andrew Tate, a contestant on the British reality series Big Brother, became well-known for his hateful and misogynistic outbursts.
All of the major social media platforms banned him for his comments, but his Twitter account started working again in November after Elon Musk bought the service.
Tate, a dual citizen of the United States and the United Kingdom, has stated that women are partially to blame for being raped and that they belong to men.
Following the transfer of assets on Saturday, Tate tweeted that “anyone educated enough to comprehend the American System is unfair would be mind blown by the injustice of the Romanian System” and that “anyone who believes I’m a human trafficker is actually a stupid.”