Bucharest, Romania – Influencer Andrew Tate, known for his controversial online persona, has been charged with rape, human trafficking, and forming an organized crime group to sexually exploit women. His brother Tristan and two associates also face similar charges in relation to the alleged crimes. All defendants have vehemently denied the allegations.
The Tate brothers were apprehended at their residence in Bucharest in December, leading to a lengthy investigation. However, in March, a Romanian judge ruled to transfer the accused from custody to house arrest.
According to the indictment submitted to the Bucharest court, the four defendants allegedly established an organized criminal group in 2021 with the intention of carrying out human trafficking activities not only within Romania but also in other countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom.
The court document identifies seven purported victims who were allegedly lured by the Tate brothers through false promises of love and marriage. The victims’ testimonies claim they were subjected to various forms of exploitation.
As part of the ongoing legal proceedings, the accused individuals have had their assets seized, including properties, vehicles, and over $300 million (£235 million) in cryptocurrency.
Although the trial is not expected to commence immediately, it is anticipated to span several years. A Romanian judge now holds a 60-day period to review the case files before it can proceed to trial.
A spokesperson representing Andrew Tate, his brother, and the two associates made a statement regarding the charges, saying, “We embrace the opportunity it presents to demonstrate their innocence.”
In addition to the current charges, separate investigations are underway that could lead to additional indictments, including allegations of money laundering and trafficking of minors, according to the BBC.