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Andrew Tate indicted on rape, human trafficking charges in Romania

Social media influencer Andrew Tate, who has garnered millions of followers online promoting a luxurious, “alpha-male” lifestyle, was indicted in the southeastern European nation of Romania Tuesday on rape and sex trafficking charges. 

Romania’s largest anti-organized crime agency, the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) said in a statement that prosecutors filed charges against Andrew Tate, his brother Tristan and two Romanian women in a court in Bucharest, Romania’s capital. The four defendants are accused of forming a criminal group in 2021 “in order to commit the crime of human trafficking” in Romania as well as other counties, such as the United States and Great Britain. 

Prosecutors say the Tate brothers, who are dual British-U.S. citizens, allegedly recruited seven female victims “by misleading them about the intention to establish a marriage/cohabitation relationship and the existence of real feelings of love (the loverboy method).”  

The victims were later transported and housed in buildings in the Ilfov county of Romania, where they were subjected to acts of physical violence and mental coercion “through intimidation, constant surveillance, control and invoking alleged debts,” prosecutors say. Members of the group allegedly sexually exploited the victims, who were forced to perform pornographic acts on camera for dissemination on social media platforms, the statement said.

Andrew Tate leaving Romanian police headquarters

Andrew Tate sits in a car holding the Quran after leaving a police detention facility in Bucharest, Romania, after his release from prison on Friday, March 31, 2023. He is facing allegations of human trafficking and rape. (AP Photo/Alexandru Dobre, File)

Tate, 36, has resided in Romania since 2017. The former professional kickboxer has repeatedly claimed Romanian prosecutors have no evidence and alleged the case is a political conspiracy designed to silence him. Tate’s spokesperson, Mateea Petrescu, said Tuesday that the brothers were prepared to “demonstrate their innocence and vindicate their reputation.” 

The two men are expected to attend a hearing in Bucharest on Wednesday morning, she added.


At the time, Tate was a hugely successful social media figure with more than 6 million Twitter followers, many of them young men and schoolchildren. He previously was banned from TikTok, YouTube, and Facebook for hate speech and his misogynistic comments, including saying that women should bear responsibility for getting sexually assaulted. 

He returned to Twitter last year after the platform’s new CEO, Elon Musk, reinstated Tate’s account. 

Andrew Tate escorted by Romanian police

Police officers escort Andrew Tate, center, to the Court of Appeal in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. Romanian prosecutors charged on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, the Tate brothers and two other suspects with human trafficking. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru, File)


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