Romanian authorities have detained former professional kickboxer Andrew Tate on suspicion of human trafficking, rape, and forming an organised crime group.
Tate, his brother Tristan, and two Romanian suspects have been detained for 24 hours after raids at their properties in Bucharest.
Charges against Andrew Tate
The Tate brothers have been under criminal investigation since April.
“The four suspects … appear to have created an organised crime group with the purpose of recruiting, housing and exploiting women by forcing them to create pornographic content meant to be seen on specialised websites for a cost,” Romanian prosecutors said.
“They would have gained important sums of money.”
Prosecutors said they had found six women who the suspects had sexually exploited.
Booted out of most social media
Tate, a British national, who has been banned from many social media platforms for misogynistic comments and hate speech, has a verified account on Twitter as he is a paid subscriber to Twitter Blue.
Tate’s pick fight with Greta Thunberg
The arrest came a day after he was involved in an ugly online spat with renowned teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg on Twitter.
It all started on Tuesday with Tate’s Tweet to Greta saying, “I have 33 cars. My Bugatti has a w16 8.0L quad-turbo. My TWO Ferrari 812 competizione have 6.5L v12s. This is just the start. Please provide your email address so I can send a complete list of my car collection and their respective enormous emissions.”
I have 33 cars.
My Bugatti has a w16 8.0L quad turbo.
My TWO Ferrari 812 competizione have 6.5L v12s.
This is just the start.
Please provide your email address so I can send a complete list of my car collection and their respective enormous emissions. pic.twitter.com/ehhOBDQyYU
— Andrew Tate (@Cobratate) December 27, 2022
The teenage climate activist responded by saying, “yes, please do enlighten me. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
yes, please do enlighten me. email me at email@example.com https://t.co/V8geeVvEvg
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) December 28, 2022
Tait responded to her again on Thursday with a video mocking Greta on Twitter.
“I’m obviously a stranger to online controversy, it’s not something I often do, but now the mainstream press is commenting on the fact that I was informing Greta that my very extensive car collection with internal combustion engines that run on dead dinosaurs have an enormous emission profile, and she replied by telling me her own email address. Greta’s email address I have small dick energy. What would that be your own email address, Greta? Strange. I mean, I don’t want to assume her gender. It’s 50/50,” Tait said in his rant.
Thank you for confirming via your email address that you have a small penis @GretaThunberg
The world was curious.
And I do agree you should get a life ❤️ https://t.co/mHmiKHjDGH pic.twitter.com/SMisajQRcf
— Andrew Tate (@Cobratate) December 28, 2022
In between his rant, Tait also stopped to order a Pizza and mentioned explicitly to an assistant to bring it in boxes and “make sure these boxes are not recycled.”
“She doesn’t realize she’s been programmed. She doesn’t realize she’s a slave to the matrix…someone has sat her down and convinced her to try and convince you to beg your government to tax you into poverty to stop the sun from being hot,” he said.
It is believed that the video and the Pizza box may have given his location to the Romanian authorities.
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