Andrew Tate, a controversial influencer, has been accused of rape, human trafficking, and establishing a criminal ring to sexually exploit women in Romania.
Tristan, his brother, and two accomplices have all been charged. Everyone has disputed the allegations.
In December, the Tate brothers were arrested for the first time at their Bucharest home.
Following a March decision by a Romanian judge, they were transferred from detention to house arrest.
According to the complaint filed with the Bucharest court, the four defendants formed an organized criminal cell in 2021 with the intention of committing people trafficking in Romania and other countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom.
It cites seven claimed victims, alleging that the Tate brothers lured them in with false promises of love and marriage.
According to a statement from Romanian authorities, the accused victims were later brought to premises in Ilfov county in Romania, where they were frightened, subjected to continual surveillance and supervision, and coerced into debt.
The defendants allegedly coerced the victims to participate in pornography, which was then published on social media.
According to the statement, one suspect was accused of raping a woman twice in March 2022.
The trial will begin later and is expected to last several years.
Before the case can be taken to trial, a Romanian court now has 60 days to analyze the case files.
“While this news is undoubtedly predictable,” the Tate brothers’ media team said, “we embrace the opportunity it presents to demonstrate their innocence and vindicate their reputation.”
The indictment also “allows us to present a comprehensive body of evidence, diligently collected and prepared over time, which will undoubtedly substantiate the brothers’ claims of innocence,” according to the statement.
Separate charges, including money laundering and minor trafficking, are still under investigation and could result in a separate indictment.
Andrew Tate, a British-American former kickboxer, was kicked off the British TV show Big Brother in 2016 after a video surfaced showing him allegedly assaulting a woman.
He went on to become well-known on social media, with Twitter banning him for stating that women should “bear some responsibility” for being sexually attacked. He was later reinstated.
Despite social media bans, he rose to prominence, particularly among young males, by preaching a hyper-masculine, ultra-luxurious lifestyle.
Who is Andrew Tate?
Tate, whose full name is Emory Andrew Tate, was born in December 1986 and is from Chicago, Illinois, according to his website.
He was called after his father, an American who worked for the United States Air Force in the United Kingdom and was also a chess master. Tate’s mother and father met in the United Kingdom before emigrating to America, where he was raised until his parents split.
Tate went to Luton, England, with his mother after his divorce.
Tate and his younger brother Tristan both stated that they were poor in England. In interviews, they recalled going to KFC to save other people’s leftover chicken and freezing it for future meals.
Tate was a four-time kickboxing world champion but rose to prominence online.
Tate has appeared in numerous videos, showcasing an ultra-luxurious lifestyle, including fast automobiles, private jets, and yachts.
He had a Twitter spat with environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg shortly before his arrest in December 2022.
He claimed to own 33 vehicles and promised to send her a list of their “respective enormous emissions.”
Videos with the hashtag #AndrewTate have been seen billions of times on TikTok. This figure includes videos posted by persons who are critical of the influencer.
What did he say about women?
He admitted to being “absolutely a misogynist” in a conversation with another YouTuber, adding, “I’m a realist, and when you’re a realist, you’re sexist.” You can’t be realistic and not be sexist.”
In the video, he called women “intrinsically lazy” and stated that there was “no such thing as an independent female.”
Many social media networks have banned him, including YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok, with the latter stating that “misogyny is a hateful ideology that is not tolerated.”
Tate was barred from Twitter for claiming that women should “bear responsibility” for sexual assault. He was later reinstated.
When pressed by the BBC earlier this month on whether his controversial views on women impacted young people, the influencer said he was a “force for good” and was “acting under God’s instruction to do good things.”