Internet personality Andrew Tate was released from a Romanian jail Friday and placed under house arrest, along with his brother, Tristan Tate, and two alleged accomplices being investigated for human trafficking and rape.
The 36-year-old misogyny influencer and his associates were arrested on Dec. 29 in Bucharest by Romanian organized crime investigators. Authorities said the Tates were accused by several women of “acts of physical violence and mental coercion.”
The brothers — both English natives who excelled in kickboxing — maintain their innocence.
The court of appeals overruled a judge’s decision last week to hold the Tates and their associates for a fourth consecutive 30-day detention. The quartet will remain under house arrest until April 29. No one has been indicted in their case.
Romanian authorities seized nearly $4 million in assets from a compound near Bucharest tied to the Tates, who left England around 2017. The Tates unsuccessfully challenged seizure of those properties, which could be sold to compensate alleged victims if those items, which include a Rolls-Royce and sports cars, were ill-gotten.
Six victims reportedly told investigators they were lured into the Tates’ world of luxury cars and expensive clothes looking for love, then were intimidated and exploited. The BBC said Andrew Tate threatened legal action against one of those accusers in December.
Andrew Tate’s rhetoric got him banned from Twitter in 2017, but his account was restored after billionaire Elon Musk purchased the platform in October. Tate was booted from Tik-Tok, Instagram and Facebook in 2022.
Throughout his incarceration, Twitter posts from Tate made references to “The Matrix” film series and claimed there’s a “they” wanting to control “you.”
“Jail either breaks or builds you,” he told his 5.4 million followers in late February, adding that he was keeping himself busy by working on “lessons and plans for the students of The Real World.”
With News Wire Services