Andrew Tate, a divisive social media personality and former professional kickboxer, was Arrested in Romania. Check out why he was arrested.
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Tate was born on December 1, 1986, in Washington, D.C. He is of mixed race. His African-American father Emory Tate was a chess International Master.
His mother worked as a catering assistant. He has a brother, Tristan. He was raised in Chicago, Illinois and Goshen, Indiana.
After his parents divorced, his mother, his brother, and he moved to England, where he was raised as a Christian in his mother’s hometown of Luton.
He learned to play chess at the age of five and competed in adult tournaments as a child.
Andrew Tate Arrested
Tate – who was detained alongside his brother Tristan – had his house raided in the capital, Bucharest.
A police spokesperson confirmed the arrests to the BBC.
The former kickboxer rose to fame in 2016 when he was removed from British TV show Big Brother over a video which appeared to show him attacking a woman.
He went on to gain notoriety online, with Twitter banning him for saying women should “bear responsibility” for being sexually assaulted. He has since been reinstated.
Despite social media bans he gained popularity, particularly among young men, by promoting an ultra-masculine, ultra-luxurious lifestyle.
He regularly appeared in videos with a fleet of expensive sports cars, on private jets, and enjoying expensive holidays.
A judge will rule on the application on Friday, the spokesperson added. The brothers have been under investigation since April alongside two Romanian nationals.
During the detention hearing, the two brothers maintained their right to silence, their lawyer told the BBC.
“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,” DIICOT said in a statement.
Why was Andrew tate arrested
Controversial ex-kickboxer and social media influencer Andrew Tate was one of four people arrested on Thursday in connection with an investigation to alleged human trafficking, rape and forming an organised crime group
A handcuffed Tate, 36, who rose to fame this year for his sexist and misogynistic views, was filmed being led from his luxury villa by police following a raid on Thursday.
His younger brother Tristan, 34, was also arrested along with two further suspects, with all four being held for 24 hours in Bucharest.
The Brit, who was born in Washington DC but raised in Luton, is under investigation by the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) and reports in Romania claim he and his brother are being questioned on suspicion of forming an organised crime group which used girls in adult videos.
As he was being led away by police, Tate declared that “the Matrix has attacked me” to cameras at the scene. He infamously refers to the powers that be in politics, media and big tech corporations as “the Matrix”, in reference to the popular 1999 science fiction film.
Also on Friday morning, Tate seemed to break his silence on the arrest with a post appearing on his Twitter account. It read: “The Matrix sent their agents.”
Also Romanian prosecutors said the Tate brothers along with two unnamed people “appear to have created an organised crime group with the purpose of recruiting, housing and exploiting women by forcing them to create pornographic content. They would have gained important sums of money.”
A Romanian court agreed late on Friday to extend the detention of Andrew Tate by 30 days, after the divisive internet personality was arrested on suspicion of human trafficking, rape and forming an organised crime group.
The former professional kickboxer and his brother Tristan were detained on Thursday for an initial 24 hours alongside two Romanian suspects, prosecutors from the anti-organised crime unit said after raiding their properties in Bucharest.