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Andrew Tate investigation: Romanian authorities seize nearly $4 million worth of assets

Andrew Tate investigation: Romanian authorities seize nearly $4 million worth of assets

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Romanian authorities say they have seized nearly $4 million worth of assets belonging to controversial internet personality Andrew Tate over the past week as he and his brother are investigated on human trafficking and rape charges.

Approximately 18 million lei, equivalent to $3,942,700, have been confiscated, the country’s Asset Recovery and Management Agency (ANABI) said. said in a press release on Saturday.

Among the 29 confiscated assets were motor vehicles, luxury watches and sums of money in several different currencies, ANABI said.

The seizures were carried out on the order of prosecutors from the Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism, according to ANABI.

Video released by Reuters on Saturday showed Romanian authorities at a complex decorated with a large Tate sign confiscating several high-value vehicles, including a Rolls Royce, BMW and Mercedes Benz.

Andrew and his brother Tristan Tate were detained in Romania in December while prosecutors pursued allegations of human trafficking and rape. Authorities in Romania said police had issued search warrants at five homes and detained four suspects – two British and two Romanian – as part of the investigation.

Romania’s Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) said the four suspects were initially detained for 24 hours. A court in Bucharest accepted a request by DIICOT to keep Tate and his brother Tristan in custody for another 30 days, their lawyer Eugene Vidiniak said on December 30.

DIICOT alleges that the four suspects formed an organized crime group stretching from Romania to Great Britain and the United States to commit the crime of human trafficking.

The agency said Thursday that seven more properties were searched as part of the investigation, bringing the total number of properties investigated to 12.

Authorities say two of the suspects misled the victims “to believe they intended to enter into marriage/cohabitation” while transporting the victims to Romania and later sexually exploiting them with physical violence and coercion.

Authorities also said one of the suspects raped a victim on two separate occasions in March 2022. At least six victims were allegedly “sexually exploited by the organized crime group,” DIICOT said in a statement.

Tate, a former professional kickboxer, is known for his viral rants online about male dominance, female submission and wealth. He openly advocates violence against women and was previously banned from every major social media platform until Elon Musk reinstated his Twitter account after taking over the company.

He came to prominence earlier this year with many adults, including school teachers, expressing concern about his misogynistic ideas taking root in the minds of countless young boys. Before it was removed, his TikTok account had accumulated about 11.6 billion views.

He made headlines the week of his arrest for interacting on Twitter with Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who told Tate to get a life after he tweeted about his many cars “and their correspondingly huge emissions”.

There has been speculation online that authorities were alerted to Tate’s presence in Romania by the appearance of a particular pizza box in one of the photos he posted of his spat with Thunberg.

But according to Reuters, a DIICOT spokesman said the pizza boxes did not play a role in the arrests.


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