Shocking news on Andrew Tate
Andrew Tate used to be a professional kickboxer
his brother Tristan, and two others have been detained by Romanian authorities on charges of human trafficking and rape.
A court agreed to detain 36-year-old Tate and his brother in Bucharest for 30 days as prosecutors continue their investigation into the group. The two brothers have denied the allegations and said they plan to appeal the detention. “The four suspects … appear to have created an organized crime group with the purpose of recruiting, housing and exploiting women by forcing them to create pornographic content meant to be seen on specialized websites for a cost,” prosecutors said.
Tate described running a “webcam studio” in Romania and said that his job was to “meet a girl, go on a few dates, sleep with her, test if she’s quality, get her to fall in love with me to the point where she’d do anything I say, and then get her on webcam so we could become rich together.”
Authorities said that they have been in contact with six women who were allegedly victimized by the group. Tate allegedly detailed this in a now-archived page from his website, in which he described how he gained most of his wealth.
It is not yet known whether Tate has posted bail, but his Twitter account has been active.
“The Matrix sent their agents,” Tate said in an ominous message after his arrest, adding later, “The Matrix will only tell you what the Matrix needs you to believe.”
Not long afterward, Elon Musk posted a Matrix-related meme – which Tate, or someone running his account, retweeted.
“The Matrix” refers to a series of science fiction films depicting “a simulated reality created by sentient machines in order to pacify and subdue the human population while their bodies’ heat and electrical activity are used as an energy source,” according to NewWorldAI.
Tate also makes reference to The Matrix as “the work /consume/ die cycle” from which he encourages people to escape by becoming his student to learn “the secrets to wealth creation.”
Officials said the Tate brothers had been under investigation since April.
In an August interview, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson asked Tate about rumors that he had been arrested for human trafficking, but Tate denied that and said he had been a victim of “swatting,” where pranksters call the police to a home with bogus reports of violence, according to the Associated Press.
Tate, who announced in October that he had converted to the Muslim faith, is primarily known for commenting on a variety of topics related to masculinity.
His remarks, however, are often criticized for being extreme and misogynistic, such as when he said most men prefer younger girls because they’re easier to “imprint,” as well as saying that women who have put themselves in a dangerous situation need to “take some degree of personal responsibility” for being raped.
His controversial comments have led him to be banned from most social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
He had also been banned from Twitter, but his account was restored in November by Elon Musk. He currently has around 4 million followers on Twitter and millions more elsewhere.
NBC reported that videos of Tate on TikTok have been viewed more than 12 billion times as of August.
Tate is often seen smoking a cigar or showing off his car collection, worth an estimated $6 million.
Tate’s arrest came shortly after he got into a dispute with climate activist Greta Thunberg.
In a Tuesday tweet addressed to Thunberg, Tate asked for her email so he could “send a complete list of my car collection and their respective enormous emissions.”
Thunberg tweeted in response, “Yes, please do enlighten me. email me at email@example.com.”
Her reply drew an enormous amount of attention, and according to Newsweek, it has become the sixth most-liked tweet of all time.
Tate shot back by sharing a video of himself smoking a cigar and eating a pizza from a local Romanian restaurant.
Many claimed that the pizza box, which reportedly contained a QR code directly linked to the restaurant, was used by Romanian police to track down Tate, who was allegedly in hiding.
However, Romanian officials debunked this and said that, while it was a “funny” theory, it was not true, NBC reported.
Thunberg said after Tate’s arrest: “This is what happens when you don’t recycle your pizza boxes.”