BUCHAREST, Romania — Andrew Tate, a well-known social media influencer, is now facing severe charges in Romania that have sent shockwaves through the nation. The accusations leveled against Tate include rape, human trafficking, and involvement in a criminal gang dedicated to exploiting women.

Accompanied by his brother, Tristan, as well as two Romanian women, Tate has been accused in a court in Bucharest by Romania’s anti-organized crime agency. The agency alleges that the defendants formed a criminal group in 2021 with the explicit objective of engaging in human trafficking across Romania, the United States, and Britain.

The indictment reveals horrifying details of the gang’s activities, including the deception and transportation of seven female victims to Romania. Once in Romania, these women were subjected to sexual exploitation and physical violence. Shockingly, one of the defendants is accused of committing rape twice against a woman in March 2022, as stated in official reports.

Tate, now 36 years old, has been residing in Romania since 2017 after leaving behind his career as a professional kickboxer. Despite the charges, Tate vehemently maintains his innocence and asserts that Romanian prosecutors lack evidence, branding the case as a political conspiracy aimed at silencing him.

Speaking on behalf of the Tate brothers, spokesperson Mateea Petrescu expressed their unwavering determination to prove their innocence and restore their reputation. Petrescu confirmed that the brothers will attend a hearing in Bucharest on Wednesday, where they intend to fully cooperate with the authorities and present evidence to refute the charges.

According to Romanian law, the judge presiding over the case has a maximum of 60 days to review the evidence before deciding whether to proceed to trial.

Both Andrew and Tristan Tate, who hold dual British-U.S. citizenship, along with the two Romanian suspects, were apprehended in late December in Bucharest. However, on March 31, the brothers successfully appealed for a transfer from police custody to house arrest.

Andrew Tate was once a highly influential figure on social media, amassing over 6 million Twitter followers, including a significant number of young men and schoolchildren. However, due to hate speech and his well-known misogynistic remarks, including victim-blaming statements related to sexual assault, he has been banned from platforms such as TikTok, YouTube, and Facebook.

Tate made a comeback on Twitter last year after the platform’s new CEO, Elon Musk, reinstated his account. Concerns have been raised by Hope Not Hate, a group dedicated to combating far-right extremism in the U.K., regarding Tate’s ability to continue attracting a substantial following of young men and teenage boys. The allure seems to stem from Tate’s projection of a luxurious lifestyle online, despite his “misogynist, homophobic, and racist content.”

Romania’s anti-organized crime agency, DIICOT, revealed that the alleged victims were enticed with false promises of love before being taken to Romania’s Ilfov county, where they were coerced into participating in pornography. Prosecutors argue that the women were controlled through intimidation, constant surveillance, and false claims of indebtedness.

In response to the charges, prosecutors have ordered the seizure of the Tate brothers’ assets, which include 15 luxury cars, luxury watches, and approximately $3 million in cryptocurrency, as stated in the agency’s official statement.

Furthermore, several women in Britain have initiated civil claims seeking compensation from Tate for incidents of sexual violence. In a recent interview with the BBC, Tate vehemently denied perpetuating a culture of misogyny and vehemently rejected accusations that he exploited women for financial gain.

Recently, authorities in Romania have provided new details regarding the financial status of Andrew Tate, who is currently facing charges of human trafficking and rape along with three other individuals.

Contrary to Tate’s previous claims of being a “trillionaire,” information released by Romania’s anti-organized crime prosecution unit, DIICOT, indicates that his actual wealth is estimated to be around £10 million.

As part of the indictment, prosecutors have taken steps to seize various luxury assets belonging to the Tate brothers. These assets consist of 15 high-value cars, 14 luxurious watches, and approximately £440,000 in cryptocurrency, as stated in the agency’s official statement.

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