Influencer and former kickboxer Andrew Tate has found himself in hot water as reports suggest he has been charged with human trafficking and rape in Romania. The controversial figure was arrested by Romanian anti-terrorism authorities in December last year and has been under house arrest in Bucharest since March, along with his brother Tristan and two other suspects.
According to the BBC, Tate has been charged with forming an organized crime group to sexually exploit women, while his brother Tristan has also reportedly been charged alongside two other suspects. The indictment alleges that the group was engaged in human trafficking in Romania, as well as the United States and the United Kingdom.
The brothers have denied any wrongdoing, but prosecutors allege that they were recruiting and exploiting women for the creation of pornographic clips, which were to be distributed via sites like OnlyFans. The charges reportedly pertain to alleged offences against seven women.
Tate first rose to public consciousness after appearing on the UK’s “Big Brother” reality show in 2016, where he was criticized for making homophobic and racist comments on Twitter. He was eventually kicked off the show after a video surfaced in which he appeared to be hitting a woman with a belt. Tate and the woman claimed their actions were consensual.
Since then, Tate has built a following online, peddling advice on masculinity and money. He was banned from Twitter in May 2017 before being reinstated by Elon Musk after Musk purchased the social media platform last year.
This news may come as a shock to some of Tate’s fans who followed his advice on how to become a successful influencer. It’s a stark reminder that even those who appear to have it all can still be involved in criminal activities.
It’s important to note that the allegations against Tate and his associates are just that – allegations. However, if they are found guilty, it will be a huge blow to Tate’s reputation and could result in a lengthy prison sentence.
Let’s hope justice is served for the alleged victims and that this case serves as a warning to those who exploit others for their own gain.