Andrew Tate, the self-proclaimed “misogynist” online influencer, and his brother Tristan, along with two Romanian citizens, have been indicted on charges of human trafficking, rape, and organizing a criminal gang, according to Romanian prosecutors. The charges are in relation to allegations of abuses committed against seven women. The Tate brothers and the Romanian suspects are currently under house arrest while the investigation is ongoing, despite denying the accusations.
Andrew Tate, a former professional kickboxer, gained notoriety for his controversial online rants promoting male dominance, female submission, and the pursuit of wealth. He has openly endorsed violence against women and was previously banned from major social media platforms until his Twitter account was reinstated by Elon Musk.
Concerns have been raised about Tate’s negative influence on his predominantly young male audience, with reports from teachers worldwide highlighting an increase in misogynistic views among teenage boys who consume Tate’s content. Before its removal, his TikTok account amassed approximately 11.6 billion views.
The Tate brothers are scheduled to appear in a Bucharest Court, where the judge will determine their preventive measures or house arrest conditions and set a trial date. Under Romanian law, the case will be examined by a judge in the preliminary chamber within 60 days to ensure legal compliance.
Prosecutors allege that the Tate brothers lured their victims by seducing them and falsely claiming to seek a relationship or marriage.
The Tate brothers’ legal team stated that they will utilize the opportunity to present arguments and evidence in court to prove their innocence. They emphasized the importance of establishing the truth, ensuring a fair and impartial legal process, and presenting a comprehensive body of evidence to exonerate the defendants during the trial.