Former kickboxing world champion and TikTok star Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan have reportedly been arrested in Romania as part of an investigation into human trafficking, organized crime, and rape.

On Thursday, prosecutors from the Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) and the Bucharest Organized Crime Brigade conducted search warrant raids of five residences, including the Tate mansion in the Romanian capital.

According to a police statement, "six injured persons have been identified who were sexually exploited by the organized criminal group. With regard to the crime of rape, it was noted that, in March 2022, an injured person was forced, on two different occasions, by a suspect through the exercise of physical violence and psychological pressure to have sexual relations."

The statement did not mention Andrew or Tristan Tate by name, but it refers to "two British citizens," which Romanian media have identified as the Tates. The British-American social media influencers were born in the United States and later moved with their British mother to Luton, England as children. They have since lived in Romania and Dubai.

This year, Andrew Tate became a viral hit on TikTok and other social media sites with his anti-feminist and anti-globalist rhetoric, leading him to become one of the most searched-for men in the world. However, this also resulted in him being banned from nearly all platforms.

According to the police, the victims were allegedly recruited under false pretenses to "perform pornographic demonstrations for the purpose of producing and disseminating through social media."

The statement also said: "In the case it was noted that, at the beginning of 2021, 4 suspects (two British citizens and two Romanian citizens) constituted a criminal group organized in order to commit crimes on the territory of Romania, but also of other countries, such as the United States of America and Great Britain, of the crime of human trafficking."

Regarding the allegations of rape, the police said that in April of this year, a woman was "forced, on two different occasions, by a suspect through the exercise of physical violence and psychological pressure to have sexual relations."

Four people have been arrested in connection to the investigation, including two Romanian citizens. The Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism said that they have all been detained for a period of 24 hours.

After a raid on his home earlier this year, Andrew Tate claimed in an interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson that the allegations of human trafficking and kidnapping made against him were false and that he was a victim of "swatting."

Tate's reported arrest came just hours after he drew headlines for engaging in a public spat with Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg over his large collection of petrol-powered supercars and the issue of "penis size." Some media outlets have speculated that it was his response video to the green activist that tipped off Romanian police to his presence in the country, as Tate jokingly declared that he wasn't going to recycle a couple of pizza boxes, which happened to belong to a Romanian pizza restaurant chain.

 

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