BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Divisive internet personality Andrew Tate said on Wednesday there was no justice in Romania and the case file against him, who is being investigated for human trafficking and rape, was empty. .
Tate, his brother Tristan, and two Romanian female suspects have been in police custody since December 29 on charges of forming a criminal gang to sexually exploit women, an allegation they deny. ing.
On Thursday, a Romanian court extended their detention until February 27. Prosecutors said the Tate brothers recruited victims by seducing them and falsely claiming they wanted a relationship or marriage.
Victims are then taken to institutions outside the capital, Bucharest, where they are sexually exploited through physical violence and psychological intimidation, and forced to produce pornographic content for social media sites for large financial gains. said the prosecutor.
They also said Andrew Tate, a former professional kickboxer of US and British nationality, raped one of his victims last March, which he denied.
“They know we haven’t done anything wrong,” Tait told reporters. is not.”
When asked if he had ever hurt a woman, Tate replied, “Of course not.”
Earlier this month, Romanian authorities said they had seized goods and money worth 18 million lei ($3.99 million), including luxury cars and real estate, as part of an investigation.
“There is no evidence against me,” Tristan Tate told reporters Wednesday. “The authorities are planning to steal my car and steal my money. That’s why I’m in jail.” am.”
Prosecutors said the seizure was to prevent the concealment of assets.
The Tates are “confident in their defense and confident in the evidence in their favor. They have made detailed statements and have cooperated (with the authorities),” their attorney, Eugen Bidinak, told reporters. bottom.
“I believe the defense is starting to take shape.”
Andrew Tate gained mainstream notoriety for his misogynistic remarks that got him banned from all major social media platforms, but after Elon Musk bought the social media network, his Twitter account went dead in November. was revived in
Reporting by Luiza Ilie and Octav Ganea. Editing by Nick Macfie and Daniel Wallis
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