The notorious social media influencer Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan are facing heavy charges like rape, forming an illicit gang to exploit women, and human trafficking, as announced by Romanian prosecutors on Tuesday. The brothers, dual citizens of both the United Kingdom and the United States, have had their charges highlighted by Romania’s anti-organized crime agency, DIICOT. According to the agency, the quartet established a criminal organization in 2021 with the specific aim of committing human trafficking crimes within Romania, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
The group is accused of deceiving and bringing seven women to Romania, where they were sexually abused and physically violated by the gang. The Tate brothers and the two Romanian co-accused were arrested in Romania’s capital, Bucharest, in late December. However, on March 31, they successfully appealed to be placed under house arrest instead of police custody. At 36 years old, Andrew Tate, who has a large Twitter following, has been a professional kickboxer. He has lived in Romania for the past six years and was ousted from several social media sites due to violating hate speech policies. Despite the allegations, Tate continues to assert that the Romanian prosecutors lack substantial evidence against him. He insists that he is the victim of a politically motivated conspiracy crafted to muzzle him.