Former professional kickboxer and controversial internet personality Andrew Tate was detained in Romania on Thursday along with his brother, Reuters reports.
A Romanian prosecutor said in a statement obtained by CBS News that search warrants had been carried out at several homes on Thursday due to suspicions of an “organized crime group” involved in “human trafficking and rape.”
The organized crime group was formed by four suspects in early 2021 to “carry out” human trafficking in Romania, the United States and the United Kingdom for “significant financial gain,” prosecutors said. .
Prosecutors said six women had been found sexually exploited by an organized crime group.
Two Britons and two Romanians were detained and taken to law enforcement headquarters in Bucharest, prosecutors said. Once they were questioned, it was decided that they would be held for 24 hours, prosecutors added.
Reuters said this and other photos obtained show Andrew Tate being escorted from law enforcement headquarters on Thursday.
“The four suspects recruited, detained and exploited women by forcing them to produce pornographic content intended to be viewed on specialized websites for a fee,” the prosecutor said in a statement. It appears that they have created an organized crime group aimed at doing so,” he said. Reuters.
Tate and his brother Tristan were among the four detained, prosecutors told Reuters.
A lawyer for the Tate brothers confirmed to Reuters that they had been taken into custody.
The two brothers have been under criminal investigation since April, according to Reuters.
Born in America and raised in England, Tate is known for spreading hate speech, misogyny and violence. he AugustFrom both Facebook and Instagram for violating Meta’s policy on dangerous organizations and individuals. Posting on YouTube is also prohibited.
Suspended in 2017 twitter This is an allegation against a shameful Hollywood mogul for saying she was ‘responsible’ for being sexually assaulted by a woman. He returned to Twitter last month. I took ownership of the company.
Earlier this week, Tate twitter feud With climate activist Greta Thunberg.
Following the news of Tate’s arrest, Thunberg tweeted on Friday“This is what happens when you don’t recycle pizza boxes.”