Andrew Tate boasts he wants to ‘cruise around in supercars’ and insists he’ll ‘stay on house arrest’ following his release over sex trafficking charges
- Tate was released from house arrest over sex trafficking charges yesterday
Andrew Tate has boasted that he wants to ‘cruise around in supercars’ and insisted that he will ‘stay on house arrest’ after he was released over sex trafficking charges yesterday.
Tate, who told reporters outside his home in Bucharest, Romania, yesterday that he would be ‘absolutely exonerated’ over rape and human trafficking charges, posted a video of him beaming as he had a purple McLaren delivered to him.
Police sources estimated that Tate’s car collection was worth around a total of £6million when they seized the vehicles earlier this year. At the time, Romanian officials were pictured towing several cars away including a Rolls Royce, a Porsche, a Ferrari, a Lamborghini and an Aston Martin.
The 36-year-old and his brother, Tristan, 35, on Friday won an appeal to be able to leave their home after months under house arrest inside but will have to stay in Romania.
After Tate spent his first day released from house arrest at home where he had a ‘victory dinner’ yesterday, the former kickboxer claimed that he is not interested in leaving his property – apart from to drive in his expensive cars and go to the mosque.
Tate, who has converted to Islam, tweeted: ‘Restaurants? Rather eat at home. Shisha/cigar? Rather have at home. Clubs? I couldn’t be less interested. I want to cruise around in cars and go to the mosque. Besides that. I’ll stay on house arrest thank you.’
Andrew Tate beams as a purple McLaren is delivered to him at his home in Romania after he was released from house arrest
Tate insisted that he will ‘stay on house arrest’ and wants to cruise around in supercars and go to the mosque
Tate, 36, and his brother Tristan and two Romanian women have been released from house arrest today. Tate is pictured here after the ruling
Tate, who was arrested on December 29 in Bucharest and has denied the allegations, had previously lost a series of appeals against his house arrest.
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Following their release from house arrest, Tate, his brother Tristan and two Romanian women are now under judicial control, a lighter restrictive measure.
A judge now has 60 days to review evidence in the case files before it goes to trial, which may itself take several years.
Speaking after yesterday’s verdict, Tate said: ‘Everybody who was pushing these lies and reporting things on repeat without any substantial evidence are going to have to analyse within themselves why they decide to try and destroy people’s lives purely for views.
The self-professed misogynist continued: ‘I’ve done nothing wrong, God knows I’ve done nothing wrong, in my heart I know I’ve done nothing wrong. I think the people at home with a functioning brain understand we’ve done nothing wrong.’
Prosecutors alleged last month that as many as seven female victims had been brought to Romania where they were intimidated, surveilled and forced to take part in pornography. One defendant raped an alleged victim twice in March last year according to a statement by Romanian prosecutors.
Victims are afforded automatic anonymity as alleged victims of sexual violence. One British woman, referred to as Sophie to protect her identity, claimed Andrew slapped and strangled her to the point of passing out ‘during rough sex’.
A spokesman for Andrew and Tristan Tate said yesterday: ‘The authorities are yet to decide on the frequency of the control checks with the Romanian police.
Vehicles including a Rolls-Royce, BMW and Mercedes-Benz were seen being taken away in January
People are seen taking away Andrew Tate’s luxury car collection in Romania on January 14, including a 2019 Aston Martin Vanquish S (middle)
Andrew Tate leaves the Court of Appeal along with his brother Tristan, left, in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, August 1, 2023
The brothers are under strict instructions not to contact the two Romanian associates, witnesses or alleged victims. Pictured leaving court on August 1, 2023
The influencer was formally charged with rape, human trafficking and forming a criminal gang to exploit women in June. Pictured in front of their residence on August 4, 2023
‘We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the Romanian judicial system for their fair consideration. This positive outcome gives us confidence that more favourable developments are on the horizon and the truth is beginning to prevail.
‘We also want to thank all the supporters who have shown great resilience and patience during this time.’
Earlier this week the brothers were appealing against a court decision made last month to keep them under house arrest for a further 30 days.
Their appearance at the Court of Appeal in Bucharest came after the influencer was formally charged with rape, human trafficking and forming a criminal gang to exploit women in June. Tristan and two Romanian women were charged with human trafficking.
The four will not be able to leave Romania or travel to some parts of the country but can leave home and travel within Bucharest and Ilfov.
Upon his release Tate, 36, tweeted: ‘After 10 months. 3 in jail, 7 at home. After 15million euro of asset seizures. After an inditement based on nothing.
‘The file was passed to a Judge who has ruled it weak and circumstantial. I have been released from house arrest but must remain within Romania. Now. To the Mosque. Alhamdulillah.’
The Bucharest Court of Appeals said in a written ruling that it ‘replaces the house arrest measure with that of judicial control for a period of 60 days from August 4 until October 2.’
Tate, 36, and his brother appealed on Tuesday against a court decision made last month to keep the brothers under house arrest for a further 30 days
Leaked messages have demonstrated how Andrew Tate (left with his brother, Tristan) allegedly coerced women into doing sex work for him, according to a report
Former police officer Luana Radu (left) and Georgiana Naghel (right) are suspected of assisting the Tate brothers
After spending three months in police detention in Bucharest, the Tate brothers won an appeal on March 31 to be moved to house arrest. They are now able to move freely within parts of the country.
The brothers are banned from contacting the two Romanian associates who are also charged with trafficking as well as witnesses, alleged victims and their families. Breaking these rules could lead to further house arrest or detention.
In June, Romania’s anti-organised crime agency known as DIICOT had requested that judges extend the house arrest measure after it filed its investigation.
Pictured: A selection of messages purportedly sent by Andrew Tate to his ‘War Room’ group chat and to women, seen in screenshots also posted to the group chat
Tate, who has been accused of peddling conspiracy theories online and has amassed 7.2million Twitter followers, has repeatedly claimed that prosecutors have no evidence against him and that there is a political plot designed to silence him.
DIICOT alleges that Tate, his brother Tristan and two Romanian women – Luana Radu and Georgiana Naghel – formed a criminal group in 2021 ‘in order to commit the crime of human trafficking’ in Romania, as well as in the United States and Britain.
There are seven female victims in the case, DIICOT said, who were lured with false pretenses of love and transported to Romania, where the gang sexually exploited them and subjected them to physical violence.
One defendant is accused of raping a woman twice in March 2022, according to the agency. The women were allegedly controlled by ‘intimidation, constant surveillance’ and claims they were in debt, prosecutors said.
Last week, it was reported that leaked messages have demonstrated how Tate coerced women into doing sex work for him.
When the influencer was arrested in Romania in December, authorities accused him of using the ‘loverboy’ method to lure woman to his compound in Bucharest under the guise of having a relationship, before forcing them to do sex work.
According to Rolling Stone, citing screenshots of purported messages from the ‘War Room’ (Tate’s groupchat with his followers) and other texts in 2021, the influencer described women as ‘targets’ and ‘assets’ and spoke of isolating and manipulating them.
In one purported message, he described how he isolated one woman until she ‘lost her support networks at home’ and kept her at the compound in Bucharest.
‘The real goal is for her to agree to never go anywhere without me. Not even her home town. I need her working,’ he wrote, according to screenshots.
Tate also appeared to seek help from his associates to force one woman to post explicit content on OnlyFans, an internet content subscription platform used mostly by sex workers.
In the message, Tate tells followers he’ll be ‘making the play tonight’.
‘Since she moved [to Bucharest] she’s been fed. But nothing else,’ he wrote.
‘She’s broke. And she can’t go home. And she can’t leave the house. Man, I sound almost evil,’ he added according to the leaked messages.
A spokesman for the influencer told MailOnline that ‘a significant portion of retweets and shares of these screenshots across social media platforms originate from recently created and unverified accounts’ and suggested they could have been generated by artificial intelligence (AI) platforms.
‘The rise of AI and social media as a news source has opened up the opportunity to anonymously present potentially fabricated, or manipulated evidence, while bypassing the burden of responsibility and avoiding consequences,’ they said.
‘These realities raise concerns about the potential for a deliberate and targeted effort to sway public opinion and undermine the credibility of the evidence presented.’
On screenshots of messages purported to be between Tate and one of the victims, the spokesman said she ‘has publicly and categorically refuted any mistreatment from the brothers.’
However, despite her pleas, the prosecution remains reluctant to remove her name from the alleged victim list.
‘While all statements from the alleged victims, incriminating the brothers, have been unquestioningly accepted by the public, the evidence supporting the brothers’ innocence has not been given the same fair treatment,’ they added.
Tate was previously banned from various prominent social media platforms for expressing hate speech and misogynistic comments, including that women should ‘bear responsibility’ for getting sexually assaulted.
When asked if a woman accused him of cheating and came at him with a machete, Tate said: ‘It’s bang out the machete, boom in her face and grip her by the neck. Shut up b****.’
Leading domestic abuse charities have warned such content is extremely misogynistic and has the potential to radicalise men and young boys.
Several women in Britain are pursuing civil claims to obtain damages from Tate, alleging they were victims of sexual violence. They say that they have suffered personal injury and psychiatric harm after alleged violent sexual and physical assaults in the UK.
They are being represented by law firm McCue Jury & Partners.
In June, Tate appeared in a combative BBC interview in which he blasted the broadcaster over their attempts to ‘vilify’ him.
In his first interview since being detained, Tate repeatedly dismissed the BBC’s questions about allegations of rape, human trafficking and exploitation of women – and instead demanded to ask his own questions.
When quizzed about a testimony from a woman who has accused Tate of rape and exploitation, the influencer responded by asking his own question and telling the BBC journalist: ‘You’re not the boss here because I’ve allowed you into my house.’
Following the interview, which collapsed after Tate said he was doing the BBC a ‘favour’ by speaking to them, the self-professed misogynist launched a scathing attack on the corporation.
He tweeted: ‘The mainstream media which vilify me, beg me for interviews under the guise of balanced journalism. The Matrix is desperate.’
Tate claimed that whilst he had been vilified, the BBC was not similarly outraged when the broadcaster’s presenters Jimmy Saville and Rolf Harris were grooming and raping girls.
‘Where was the BBC’s outrage when Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris were grooming and raping and molesting young girls for decades?’
Savile, who was one of Britain’s biggest television stars before his death in 2011, molested at least 72 children, some as young as eight, over a four-decade campaign of abuse. And Harris was jailed over 12 indecent assaults against four underage girls.
When asked about the allegations made against him, Tate told the BBC: ‘I know the case intimately and you don’t. I have seen all the criminal files and the evidence against me and you haven’t.
Tate claimed, without providing evidence, that one victim did not exist and instead kept asking the BBC reporter questions
‘I know the truth of what happened and you don’t. And I’m telling you absolutely and utterly, I’ve never hurt anybody, that the case that’s been put against me is completely and utterly fabricated and I’m never going to be found guilty of anything.’
Tate then dismissed the testimonies of individual women who have accused the influencer of rape and exploitation. One British woman, referred to as Sophie to protect her identity, has claimed Tate slapped and strangled her to the point of passing out ‘during rough sex’.
Sophie told the BBC in February Tate had charmed her at first and encouraged her to work for his webcam business before becoming controlling and coercive.
When asked about Sophie’s testimony, Tate claimed, without providing evidence, that she did not exist and instead kept asking the BBC reporter questions.
‘I’ve asked you a question and I’ve allowed you into my house,’ Tate said, to which the BBC reporter responded: ‘I am asking you a question. You get to decide the answers.’
But Tate hit back and said: ‘No we are equal here. I’ve allowed you into my house. You don’t come here with a position of authority. I’m doing you the favour as legacy media, giving you relevance, by speaking to you.
‘And I’m telling you now, this Sophie, which the BBC has invented, who has no face. Nobody knows who she is. I know.’
Prosecutors have said the Tate brothers recruited their victims by seducing them and falsely claiming to want a relationship or marriage.
The victims were then taken to properties on the outskirts of the capital, Bucharest, and coerced to produce pornographic content for social media sites that generated large financial gain, prosecutors say.
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