Andrew Tate and brother arrested in Romania

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Social media influencer and former kickboxer Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan have been arrested in Romania on suspicion of rape, human trafficking, and forming an organised crime group, it has been confirmed. The 36-year-old and his brother will be held for 24 hours in Bucharest alongside two Romanian suspects, according to prosecutors.

Mr Tate rose to prominence this year after spouting sexist and misogynistic abuse online, having been forced to leave Celebrity Big Brother in 2016 after a video emerged of him supposedly beating a woman.

Both parties claimed the activities in the video were consensual.

Prosecutors in Romania said: “The four suspects… appear to have created an organised crime group with the purpose of recruiting, housing and exploiting women by forcing them to create pornographic content meant to be seen on specialised websites for a cost.

“They would have gained important sums of money.”

The Tate brothers declined to comment but their lawyer confirmed the arrest had taken place.

A spokesperson for Andrew Tate told the Daily Mirror: “We cannot provide any details at the moment regarding alleged reports that they have been detained; however, Andrew and Tristan Tate have the utmost respect for the Romanian authorities and will always assist and help in any way they can.”

Andrew Tate has been banned from various social media platforms for promoting hate speech, however his content can still be viewed under certain hashtags.

At one point this year he was the most searched-for person on the Internet, before he was banned from Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and TikTok.

However when Elon Musk took over Twitter he reinstated Mr Tate’s account

Many people in schools and universities have expressed concern about the influence Mr Tate has over young men, with some students reportedly refusing to do homework set by female teachers.

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He has suggested rape victims “bear some responsibility” for being attacked and has described women as “property” belonging to men.

He has also described how he would violently assault a woman for accusing him of cheating, saying he would “bang out the machete, boom in her face and grip her by the neck”.

Mr Tate has denied being a misogynist and accused the media of “twisting facts”.

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