Just a day after being roasted by teen activist Greta Thunberg, far-right influencer Andrew Tate was arrested Thursday in Romania on human trafficking and rape allegations, according to local reports.
Romania’s Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) confirmed in a statement that cops raided five homes tied to four suspects as part of an investigation into organized crime, human trafficking and rape. It did not name the four suspects but said two were Romanian citizens and two were British citizens, who allegedly kept at least six women captive in houses surrounding Bucharest, where they were sexually assaulted and forced to produce pornography for social media under threats of violence.
Romanian newspaper Gândul was among several local outlets to identify the two British citizens as Tate, a British-American kickboxer better known for his grossly misogynistic online persona and for flaunting his 33 cars, as well as his brother, Tristan.
Gândul and Romania TV obtained footage showing a handcuffed Tate being led away by cops, and Tristan in police custody wearing the same outfit as one of the blurred suspects seen in official footage of the raids released by DIICOT. The official footage showed heavily armed cops storming luxury homes and compiling cash, guns, bars of gold and expensive cars.
I learned about the existence of this person just a couple of days ago, but that was enough exposure to make me celebrate this delightful turn of events.