Andrew Tate and his brother released from detention in Romania. And moved to house arrest while they arrested for human trafficking and rape.
Tate is a British-American former kickboxer with millions of online fans. He and his younger brother along with two Romanian women investigated for allegedly “forming an organized criminal group, human trafficking, and rape.”
Andrew Tate, 36, and his sibling Tristan, 34, got detention in late December. They were in pre-trial detention since. Court extended detention last week.
According to a court ruling, an appeals court “rejected the prosecution’s proposal to extend the pre-trial detention”. Moreover directed to place the brothers under house arrest.
The brothers, accompanied by their Romanian attorneys, got released around midnight (2100GMT). From the police central arrest premises in Bucharest amid chaotic scenes.
Young fans welcomed Andrew Tate with cries of “Top G” (for gangster), his nickname, as the media flocked to the entryway.
Andrew did not speak, but his brother Tristan said that the judges made the “correct decision”. And promised to show that he was “an innocent man.”
According to their lawyer, Eugean Vidineac, they don’t have permission to approach other persons involved in the case. And not permitted to “leave their home without prior approval from judicial authorities.”
The brothers are not a flight danger, he said earlier.
“There’s no reason for them to flee because running isn’t a life worth living. The Tate brothers don’t want this life.” “They’re just tired and want to sleep,” lawyer said.
Tristan has a baby son, born since his arrest. The two men relocated to Romania several years ago.
Romanian police raided several properties associated with the Tate brothers. They confiscated many of their assets. Including a collection of luxury cars, as part of the investigation.
A court document from January says, one woman was “recruited” from the United Kingdom. After falling in love with Andrew Tate, he brought her to Romania “with the goal of sexual exploitation.”
The brothers, along with two Romanians, are accused of trafficking, recruiting. In addition exploiting women by coercing them into “pornographic acts with the intent of producing and disseminating such material” online.
Tate’s social media videos, in which he flaunts his bulging muscles, cigars, and fast cars, fascinate millions of adolescent boys.
Giving success advice as well as misogynist and sometimes violent maxims. The Briton’s production has made him one of the world’s most well-known influencers.
Tate appeared on the British reality television programme “Big Brother” in 2016. But was removed after a video surfaced showing him assaulting a woman.
He then took to social media to spread his divisive views before being banned for misogynistic and hateful comments.
Tate was reinstated on Twitter, where he has 5.5 million followers. After the business was purchased by South African-born billionaire Elon Musk.