Andrew Tate arrested Over Human Trafficking
Tate and his brother have been detained in Romania as part of an investigation into alleged human trafficking.
Andrew is a contentious British-American kickboxer-turned-internet celebrity.
Tate and his brother Tristian will be detained for questioning for up to 24 hours, according to Romanian prosecutors.
On Thursday night, an image of Tate, one of the most prominent and divisive influencers, being led into a police vehicle by armed police was broadcast on Romanian television.
The Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism in Romania did not name any suspects but stated in a statement that four people, two of whom are British citizens.
And the other two are Romanian nationals, who are suspected of forming a criminal gang to engage in human trafficking in Romania as well as the United Kingdom and the United States.
According to the directorate, the group enticed the women by expressing interest in a romantic relationship before using physical violence, intimidation, and surveillance to force them to create pornographic material.
Six alleged victims of sexual exploitation by the group were identified by investigators.
According to the directorate, the investigation is related to allegations of human trafficking, rape, and criminal gang organisation.
Following a tip that a US woman was being held against her will, Romanian authorities questioned the Tate brothers in April; however, neither was arrested.
Later, Andrew Tate claimed in a YouTube video that he had been “totally innocent” and had been “pranked” by someone who had made a false report.
A day after his Twitter exchange with environmental activist Greta Thunberg went viral, Tate was arrested.
Tate, whose videos have amassed billions of views across social media.
These videos have been banned on Fb, Insta, Twitter, and TikTok for expressing extreme views, including that women bear some responsibility for sexual assault.