© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan are escorted by law enforcement officials exterior the headquarters of the Bucharest Court docket of Attraction, in Bucharest, Romania, January 10, 2023. Inquam Images/Octav Ganea by way of REUTERS
BUCHAREST (Reuters) -Divisive web character Andrew Tate stated on Wednesday there was no justice in Romania and that the case file towards him in a felony investigation for alleged human trafficking and rape was empty.
Tate, his brother Tristan and two Romanian feminine suspects have been in police custody since Dec. 29 pending an ongoing felony investigation on expenses of forming a felony gang to sexually exploit ladies, accusations they deny.
On Thursday, a Romanian courtroom prolonged their detention till Feb. 27. Prosecutors have stated the Tate brothers recruited their victims by seducing them and falsely claiming to desire a relationship or marriage.
The victims had been then taken to properties on the outskirts of the capital Bucharest and thru bodily violence and psychological intimidation had been sexually exploited by being compelled to provide pornographic content material for social media websites that generated giant monetary achieve, prosecutors stated.
In addition they stated Andrew Tate, a former skilled kickboxer who holds U.S. and British nationality, raped one of many victims in March final yr, which he has denied.
“They know we’ve got completed nothing incorrect,” Tate advised reporters as he was introduced in for additional questioning by anti-organised crime prosecutors, the primary feedback to the media since his arrest. “This file is totally empty. In fact it is unjust, there isn’t a justice in Romania sadly.”
Requested whether or not he has damage ladies, Tate stated: “In fact not.”
Earlier this month, Romanian authorities stated they’d seized items and cash price 18 million lei ($3.99 million), together with luxurious automobiles and properties as part of the investigation.
“There is no such thing as a proof towards me,” Tristan Tate advised reporters on Wednesday. “The authorities are planning to steal my automobiles and steal my cash. That’s the reason I’m in jail.”
Prosecutors have stated the seizure was meant to forestall the property being hid.
The Tates “are assured within the defence, they’re assured within the proof of their favour, they’ve given an in depth assertion, they’ve collaborated (with authorities),” their lawyer Eugen Vidineac advised reporters after the questioning.
“We consider the defence is beginning to take form.”
Andrew Tate gained mainstream notoriety for misogynistic remarks that acquired him banned from all main social media platforms, though his Twitter account was reinstated in November after Elon Musk acquired the social media community.