The internet is on fire with the news that controversial social media influencer Andrew Tate was taken into police custody on Thursday and detained for 24 hours in Romania on suspicion of rape, human trafficking, and forming an organized crime group following a raid on his luxury Bucharest properties.
Tate, his brother Tristan, and two Romanian suspects are accused of “forcing women” into the dark world of pornography, which was then sold online, Reuters reports.
“The four suspects … appear to have created an organized crime group with the purpose of recruiting, housing and exploiting women by forcing them to create pornographic content meant to be seen on specialized websites for a cost,” according to prosecutors, who added, “They would have gained important sums of money.”
Six women have alleged that the suspects sexually exploited them, the prosecutors claim.
Tate, a Chicago native and former pro kickboxer with dual citizenship in the U.S. and U.K., is known online by many as “the king of toxic masculinity” for his unapologetic passion for expensive status symbols and misogynistic views.
“Tate — and his dark side — first came to public attention in 2016 when he appeared on Channel 5’s ‘Big Brother,'” the Daily Mail wrote of Tate in August 2022. “He was the first housemate to be expelled from the reality TV show after videos surfaced of him beating a woman with a belt and asking another how many bruises she had.”
For his controversial views, Tate was kicked off most social media platforms, including, up until Elon Musk’s takeover, Twitter.
Musk recently restored Tate’s account, and in the early hours of Friday morning, the suspect posted, “The Matrix sent their agents.”
The Matrix sent their agents.
— Andrew Tate (@Cobratate) December 30, 2022
In a twist no one saw coming, it appears it was a Twitter spat with young climate activist Greta Thunberg that led to his arrest.
On Tuesday, Tate attempted to troll the teenager with a tweet about his many expensive, gas-guzzling cars.
“Hello Greta Thunberg. I have 33 cars,” he posted. “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 its enormous emissions.”
In a viral retort, Thunberg shot back, “Yes, please do enlighten me. email me at smalld*[email protected].”
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) December 28, 2022
Unwilling to be one-upped by the tenacious teen, Tate released a video of himself smoking a cigar and attempting to out-snark the activist.
Midway through the video, he orders someone to bring him a pizza.
It was first reported that the information on the box was what tipped off authorities to his location, leading to his subsequent arrest the following day.
Thank you for confirming via your email address that you have a small penis @GretaThunberg
The world was curious.
— Andrew Tate (@Cobratate) December 28, 2022
**UPDATE: It is now being reported that the information on the pizza box was not what led the police to Tate:
Regardless, the allegations against Tate and his brother are, to say the least, seedy.
“Together with his brother Tristan, he allegedly set up a webcam business in Romania in which young models told sob stories to unsuspecting male viewers,” the Daily Mail reports. “Despite previously saying that the site was ‘a total scam’, Tate claims to have made millions from it.”
After obtaining search warrants, Romania’s police, crime, and investigation unit — known as “DIICOT” — raided five homes in connection to an ongoing investigation into an organized crime syndicate, international human trafficking, and rape. Among the raided residences was the home of a former Romanian policewoman who was also hauled in for questioning, according to local press reports.
The Daily Mail reports:
Police said the two British suspects lured female victims using the “loverboy method,” falsely professing their love and intention to marry them.
The victims were then transported to buildings in Ilfov county on the outskirts of Bucharest, where they were “sexually exploited” and forced to perform in pornographic videos for dissemination on social media, the police statement said.
Cops say the suspects used “physical violence and mental coercion” to force the women to comply with their demands, including “intimidation, constant surveillance, control and invoking alleged debts.”
“We cannot provide any details at the moment regarding alleged reports that they have been detained; however, Andrew and Tristan Tate have the utmost respect for the Romanian authorities and will always assist and help in any way they can,” a spokesperson for Tate told the Daily Mail.
Online, conspiracy theories are already beginning to bloom, with many pointing out that Tate was arrested, while the clients of Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein remain unknown.
“Upset the elites and they will ruin you,” tweeted Collin Rugg.
BREAKING: Andrew Tate has been arrested.
Upset the elites and they will ruin you.
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) December 29, 2022
“I don’t know if Andrew Tate is innocent or guilty but I do know that the left never had this enthusiasm for finding out which elites were raping children with Epstein,” Rugg stated in a separate tweet.
I don’t know if Andrew Tate is innocent or guilty but I do know that the left never had this enthusiasm for finding out which elites were raping children with Epstein.
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) December 30, 2022
Others point to past videos from Tate, in which he seemingly predicted his own demise.
“They’re either gonna try to put me in jail or they’re gonna kill me,” he once stated.
Andrew Tate ex kick boxer and his brother have been arrested in Romania for sex trafficking.
Andrew Tate: I truly believe they’re gonna try to kill me.
“They’re either gonna try to put me in jail or they’re gonna kill me." pic.twitter.com/VNZD0mQ2rY
— D. Scott @eclipsethis2003 (@eclipsethis2003) December 29, 2022
“If you’re gonna arrest Andrew Tate for ALLEGEDLY being involved in sex trafficking,” tweeted James Bradley, “you also have to arrest Biden, Clinton, Mayorkas and probably most of the Democrats on the Epstein flight logs.”
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