Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan said today they are “speechless” after a Romanian court ruled that the misogynistic influencer must remain in prison for another 30 days on sex trafficking charges.
Tate, 36, was arrested on December 29 in Bucharest along with Tristan and two Romanian women on suspicion of human trafficking, rape and forming an organized crime group to exploit victims.
Today, a judge granted prosecutors a fourth 30-day extension on their arrest, meaning the four, siblings Tate and Luana Radu, 32, and Georgina Naghel, 28, will remain in custody until May 21. April, the Tate spokesman told MailOnline. None of the four have yet been formally charged.
Tate and Tristan criticized the judge’s decision, saying his image has been “irreparably damaged” by the Romanian criminal justice system and insisting that “it will take years to rebuild” his reputation.
Their spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘The court has decided to extend the pre-trial detention of the Tate brothers. We are speechless with the news.
Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan (pictured on February 27) will remain in prison for another 30 days on sex trafficking charges after a Romanian court extended their detention today.
Tate, 36, was arrested on December 29 with his brother Tristan on suspicion of human trafficking, rape and forming an organized crime group to exploit women.
Prosecutors have said Tate (pictured) and Tristan recruited their victims by seducing them and falsely claiming they wanted a relationship or marriage.
“The interaction with the judge was extremely dynamic and for the first time the brothers were offered the opportunity to present all the legal guarantees that they are not a flight risk,” they said.
They are the first to want light to be shed on this case. The extensive material damage they have suffered is nothing compared to the moral damage.
“Her image has been irreparably damaged and it will take years to rebuild her reputation, trust and connection with the general public.”
The decision came just over a week after Tate was denied bail after nearly three months behind bars. At the time, the influencer said that he was “disappointed” by the decision as he had “high hopes of reuniting with his family.”
Last month, Tate, accused of recruiting young women and forcing them to create pornographic content online, lost another appeal against a judge’s earlier decision to extend his arrest for a third time.
And today a judge ruled that Tate, Tristan and their two alleged accomplices must remain in custody for another 30 days.
A document explaining a previous decision to keep them in jail says the judge took into account the “particular dangerousness of the defendants” and their ability to identify victims “with greater vulnerability, in search of better life opportunities.”
The prosecution can continue to request detentions for 180 days in total, which means that if the judge continues to extend his detention period, Tate will not be released from prison until at least June 27.
Prosecutors have said the Tate brothers recruited their victims by seducing them and falsely claiming they wanted a relationship or marriage.
The victims were then taken to properties on the outskirts of the capital Bucharest and forced to produce pornographic content for social media sites that generated large financial gains, prosecutors said.
Earlier this month, Tate denied that he has cancer after confirming that he has a ‘dark spot on the lung’.
Tate’s Twitter account said the scar on his lung “is from an old battle” after medical details were released last week.
‘I don’t have cancer. My lungs contain precisely 0 damage from smoking. In fact, I have a lung capacity of 8 liters and the vital signs of an Olympian,” the update read.
‘There’s nothing but a scar on my lung from an old battle. True warriors are scarred both inside and out,” the post added in a style that has become typical of Tate’s social media posts since his arrest.
Former police officer Luana Radu (left) and Georgiana Naghel (right) are suspected of aiding the Tate brothers in the crimes for which they are being investigated.
Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan Tate arrive at the Court of Appeal in Bucharest, Romania, on February 27 with Radu and Naghel.
Tate and Tristan moved into a converted warehouse in Romania in 2017, which was manned by armed guards.
In their safe house on the outskirts of Bucharest, the Tate brothers had a video chat studio where several women were found during a police raid in April 2022.
The Romanian anti-organized crime agency DIICOT said in a statement after the December arrests that it had identified six victims in the human trafficking case who were allegedly subjected to “acts of physical violence and mental coercion” and sexually exploited by members of the alleged criminal group. .
The agency said the victims were lured under pretenses of love and then intimidated, placed under surveillance and subjected to other control tactics while being forced to engage in pornographic acts for the criminal group’s financial gain.
In January, Romanian authorities stormed a compound near Bucharest linked to the Tate brothers and seized a fleet of luxury cars that included a Rolls-Royce, a Ferrari and a Porsche. They reported the seizure of assets with an estimated value of $3.9 million.
Prosecutors have said that if they can prove the owners of the cars made money through illegal activities such as human smuggling, the assets would be used to cover the costs of the investigation and to compensate the victims. Tate also unsuccessfully appealed the asset seizure.
tate is also accused of raping a Moldovan woman, who he alleges followed him from London, in March 2022, which he categorically denies.
In January, he told the Bucharest Court of Appeal that the alleged victim voluntarily moved to Romania with him in November 2021.
Tate claimed she filed a rape charge nearly six months later when he refused to give her money to buy a house and become a TikTok star.
‘My case is not criminal, it is political. It is not about justice or equity. It’s about attacking my influence in the world,’ read a post that appeared on his Twitter account on Sunday.
Tate’s views on women, masculinity and entrepreneurship, expressed in podcasts and shared online, became popular in 2022 when they were shared in short clips on social media.
Eventually, he was banned from various platforms for misogyny and hate speech.
Tate has repeatedly claimed that Romanian prosecutors have no evidence and claimed that his case is a “political” conspiracy designed to silence him.