Romanian Court Extends Andrew Tate Detention by 30 Days – Andrew Tate, the influencer and self-proclaimed misogynist, will be held in Romania for another 30 days after a Bucharest court prolonged his custody while he is being probed for alleged sexual assault and exploitation. Diicot, Romania’s organized crime bureau, is looking into the former kickboxer, 36, and his brother, Tristan, 34.
Two female Romanian suspects who were arrested alongside the Tate brothers were to be placed under home arrest. They all deny any misconduct. Romanian prosecutors, who can apply to keep suspects for up to 180 days during investigations, successfully applied to prolong the detention by another 30 days after a similar extension was granted earlier this month.
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Eugen Vidineac, Tate’s lawyer, had stated that there is “no evidence” against his client and that Tate was only “playing a character” on social media. After appearing in court earlier this month, Tate, a British-American national, said: “Ask them for evidence and they will give you none, because it doesn’t exist. You’ll find out the truth of this case soon.”
Prosecutors have accused the Tates of seducing women by falsely claiming to want a relationship and then forcing them to produce pornographic content under duress. Andrew Tate is also accused of raping one of the women in March of this year. Georgiana Naghel and Alexandra Luana Radu, a former police officer, are accused of acting as the brothers’ accomplices.
Thus far, prosecutors have identified six alleged victims, including minors. The Tates have been detained since December 29 after Diicot officers raided their villa on suspicion of sex trafficking. In January an appeal court rejected their demand for release after prosecutors argued that given their “financial capacity” the brothers could “evade investigation, leave Romania and settle in countries that do not allow extradition.”
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Investigators seized 10 Tates’ Romanian houses, as well as 15 luxury cars, including three Porsches, two Ferraris, an Aston Martin, and a Lamborghini, in addition to guns, knives, and enormous sums of cash. The officials claimed to have seized goods and money totaling 18 million lei (£3.2 million). Tate emerged on Big Brother in 2016 and quickly became known for his misogynistic remarks and hate speech, raising concerns about how he was influencing teenage boys.