Andrew Tate LOSES appeal against 30-day jail time on sex trafficking charges
Andrew Tate today lost his appeal against a decision to keep him in prison for 30 days on sex trafficking charges, meaning he will remain in custody until February 27.
Tate, 36, was arrested in December along with his brother Tristan on suspicion of human trafficking, rape and forming an organized crime group to exploit women.
He appeared before the Bucharest court today with Tristan and two of her alleged accomplices to appeal a judge’s decision to extend their detention for a second time by 30 days.
But all four have lost their appeals and are being held for the full 30 days, said Ramona Bolla, a spokeswoman for Romania’s anti-organized crime agency DIICOT.
The decision came afterwards Tate told the Romanian court he was being “held in custody to make me mentally ill”.
Police officers escort Andrew Tate, center back, handcuffed to his brother Tristan, left, from the Court of Appeal after they appealed the decision to extend their detention
Andrew Tate today lost his appeal against a decision to keep him in prison for 30 days on sex trafficking charges, meaning he will remain in custody until February 27
Former police officers Luana Radu (left) and Georgiana Naghel (right) are also arrested on suspicion of aiding the Tate brothers in the crimes they are being investigated for
He asked for his arrest was part of a ruse to bring him to a mental halt.
As Tate was escorted from the Bucharest Court of Appeal with his brother and their two alleged accomplices, he yelled at reporters, “You will soon learn the truth about this case.”
The notorious misogynist insisted there was “no evidence” he had exploited young girls and forced them to create pornographic content on webcams.
“Ask them for evidence and they won’t give you any because there isn’t any,” Tate shouted as he was escorted from court into a police car. “You will soon learn the truth about this case.”
Tate, Tristan and their two alleged accomplices, former police officers Luana Radu and Georgiana Naghel, all appeared in court today to appeal a judge’s decision to extend their detention a second time.
But the judges dropped the appeal today, meaning they will remain in prison until that time 27th of February.
Last month a judge decided to extend their detention by 20 days because the defendants were “particularly dangerous” and could identify victims “with increased vulnerability in search of better life opportunities”.
Prosecutors said the Tate brothers recruited their victims by seducing them and falsely claiming they wanted a relationship or marriage.
The victims were then taken to properties on the outskirts of the capital, Bucharest, and forced to produce pornographic content for social media sites, which generated large financial gains, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors can ask the courts to extend suspects’ detention by up to 180 days.
As he was escorted into the courtroom earlier this morning, Tate told reporters, “You know I’m an incident.”
Asked if he hopes to be released on Wednesday, he said: “There isn’t much justice in Romania.”
Andrew (L) and Tristan Tate (CL), Luana Radu (CR) and Georgiana Naghel (R) before the Court of Appeal
Divisive influencer Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan are being held on charges of belonging to an organized crime group, human trafficking and rape
Who is Andrew Tate?
Andrew Tate rose to fame as a kickboxer in the 2000s, winning the British International Sport Karate Association cruiserweight championship in 2009 and an ISKA world title in 2011.
He later started a self-proclaimed “webcam pimping” company with his brother around this time, which he later admitted was a “scam” and used women to exploit customers for money.
Tate was removed from the Big Brother house after a week after footage surfaced of him whipping and hitting an ex-girlfriend, which both later said was consensual.
Tate moved to Romania in 2017 to live in a compound surrounded by armed guards. He was banned from Twitter for comments attributing “some responsibility” to rape victims.
Prosecutors have accused him of relocating women to Romania and using physical and emotional abuse to force them to produce explicit material to share and sell online.
Meanwhile, old clips of Andrew Tate were made popular by TikTok in 2022 when he promotes his online “Hustler’s University” — a paid online community that claims to help users “get rich quick.”
In March 2022, Andrew Tate was accused of raping a woman he had moved to Romania. Tate says the allegation was fabricated after he refused to buy her a house.
The brothers’ Romanian safehouse was raided in April 2022 after authorities believed two women were being held against their will. The Tates were eventually released, but the investigation was reported as ongoing.
Tate was re-established on Twitter by Elon Musk, but soon after provoked a falling out with Greta Thunberg and was arrested shortly thereafter.
The Romanian police held the brothers in preventive detention from December 30, which was extended on January 20 to February 27.
The Tate brothers deny the allegations against them.
The brothers and the alleged “lieutenants” Naghel and Radu are in custody in Romania.
They received a precautionary arrest warrant on December 30, 2022 and have since been held by the Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) in Romania, where both are based.
Prosecutors initially argued that if the brothers were granted bail, they could exercise “psychological control” over the people they are accused of human trafficking.
Both have protested their innocence.
On February 20, the Bucharest tribunal extended the preventive arrest warrant from January 29 to February 27 and could have it extended further.
The Tate brothers lost their first extension appeal last month and today they lost their second appeal.
The four arrested have not yet been formally charged with any crime and have maintained their innocence.
Andrew and his brother moved into a converted warehouse in Romania in 2017, which they staffed with armed guards.
In their safehouse on the outskirts of Bucharest, the Tate brothers had a video chat studio where several women were found during an April 2022 police raid.
Prosecutors allege the brothers lured women into the studio, where they were subjected to “acts of physical violence and psychological coercion (through intimidation, constant surveillance, control and appeal of alleged debt)” to sexually exploit them and trick them into producing pornographic material and to share.
Andrew Tate is also accused of raping a Moldovan in March 2022, whom he claims followed him from London, which he categorically denies.
In January, he told the Bucharest Court of Appeal that the alleged victim had voluntarily moved to Romania with him in November 2021.
Tate claimed she filed a rape allegation nearly six months later when he refused to give her money to buy a house and become a TikTok star.
“My case is not criminal, it is political. It’s not about justice or fairness. It’s about attacking my influence on the world,” read a post on his Twitter account on Sunday.
Voiced on podcasts and shared online, Andrew Tate’s views on women, masculinity and entrepreneurship became popular in 2022 when they were shared in short clips on social media.
He was eventually banned from various platforms for misogyny and hate speech.
Andrew (L) and Tristan (R) Tate at the Bucharest Court of Appeal on February 1
Andrew Tate pictured with police this morning before his roll call in Bucharest, Romania
Andrew Tate and his brother are under investigation for alleged criminal organization, human trafficking and rape
While Tate maintains his innocence, Romanian prosecutors DIICOT said in a statement they had identified six victims in the human trafficking case.
They said alleged victims were being held against their will in the armed shelter near Bucharest under constant surveillance and forced to share pornographic content online.
They allege that the women were sexually exploited, physically abused and psychologically coerced (“through intimidation, […] Controlling and pursuing alleged debts* of members of the group for the purpose of financial gain.
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