Andrew Tate has appeared in court to challenge his 30-day arrest as part of an investigation into alleged human trafficking, rape and exploitation of women.
Tate, his brother Tristan and two Romanian female suspects were arrested by Romanian organized crime prosecutors on December 29 pending criminal investigations.
They have denied the wrongdoing through a lawyer and challenged the arrest warrant.
Prosecutors said the Tate brothers recruited their victims by seducing them and falsely claiming they wanted a relationship.
Andrew Tate has appeared in court to challenge his 30-day arrest as part of an investigation into alleged human trafficking, rape and exploitation of women (pictured with his brother Tristan).
The victims were then taken to properties on the outskirts of the capital, Bucharest, and sexually exploited through physical violence and mental intimidation, forcing them to produce pornographic content for social media sites, which prosecutors said yielded large financial gains.
Prosecutors also said one of the brothers raped one of the victims in March last year, when the investigation began.
“The possibility that the suspects will evade investigation, leave Romania and settle in countries that do not allow extradition due to their financial capabilities and public statements in this regard cannot be ignored,” the judge said in the written confirmation of the arrest.
Prosecutors have seized 15 luxury vehicles and over 10 properties and houses belonging to the suspects in Bucharest and Prahova and Brasov counties, Ramona Bolla, a spokeswoman for Romania’s anti-organized crime unit DIICOT, told Reuters.
The seizure was intended to prevent the assets from being sold or concealed.
Prosecutors said the Tate brothers recruited their victims by seducing them and falsely claiming they wanted a relationship
If the court upholds the arrest warrant and the investigation takes more time, Romanian law allows prosecutors to authorize a further extension of the detention up to 180 days.
Tate gained notoriety for misogynist remarks and hate speech, leading to his being banned from all major social media platforms, although his account has been restored since Elon Musk took over Twitter in November.
The former professional kickboxer, who has US and British citizenship, said women are partly responsible for rape and belonged to men. He is a self-confessed misogynist.
In a podcast last year, he said he started making money by persuading several girlfriends to video chat and share the profits when he was living in London.
“How can I use these women to make money?” Tate said, adding that his business started with two girlfriends and peaked with 75 women working for him, making $600,000 a month.
He also said he moved to Romania after sexual assault inquiries were launched in the UK, which were ultimately dropped because he liked living in countries where corruption was accessible to everyone.