Fox News host Tucker Carlson again defended closeted influencer Andrew Tate, calling him “really smart” and “really real.”
Carlson’s comments came before it was announced that Tate, 36, had been denied bail in a Romanian court, where they ruled today that he must remain behind bars on sex trafficking charges.
The self-proclaimed misogynist was arrested on December 29 along with his brother on suspicion of human trafficking, rape and forming an organized crime group to exploit women.
Ahead of the news of Tate’s bail denial today, the right-wing commentator told the Full Send Podcast that he thought his jailing was a “conspiracy” and did not believe Tate’s message was threatening.
This isn’t the first time Carlson has defended Tate. She previously claimed that her arrest was “obviously a setup” and a “human rights violation.”
Speaking to the Full Send Podcast, Tucker Carlson said Tate was “really smart” and “completely real.”
Police officers escort Andrew Tate out of the Organized Crime and Terrorism Investigation Directorate.
Speaking to the Full Send Podcast, Carlson said: ‘First of all, he’s very smart. That is completely real. 100%. And I’m also 54, so I’m very old, so there are parts of what he says that are so far removed from my world, context, and experience.
He added: “I’ll say, I’m just being honest, there’s something I miss about Andrew Tate, but the spirit that animates Andrew Tate is very clear and very obvious and it’s not a malicious spirit at all.”
‘Andrew Tate’s central message is to respect yourself. Act like you’re worth something. reach for something Do something. Get the shit off the couch. Leave the porn. As he goes to do something with your life.
Carlson added: ‘I feel like that’s the best message anyone could give. And I want to say that this is how I read the message from Andrew Tate. So of course it just tells you everything about the people in charge being threatening. How is that threatening?
Carlson later claimed that the same people who live on “Pedo Island with Epstein” and “the same people who were friends with Harvey Weinstein” were claiming to protect women by berating Tate.
After he refused to post bail today, Tate appeared in court where he expected to be released from prison and placed under house arrest after nearly three months behind bars.
However, his request was rejected by the judge this afternoon. The influencer said he was “disappointed” by the decision as he had “high hopes” of reuniting with his family, before adding that his lawyers will appeal the decision.
Andrew Tate could be released from a Romanian jail today as the influential influencer will attend his first bail hearing this afternoon after spending nearly three months in prison on sex trafficking charges.
Last month, Tate lost his appeal against the judge’s February 21 decision to extend his arrest for a third time by 30 days.
A Tate spokesperson told MailOnline today: “Unfortunately, Andrew Tate’s bail application was rejected today by the Romanian judicial system. We are disappointed with this result as we had high hopes of seeing Andrew reunited with his family.
Your legal team will appeal this decision within 48 hours.
The court’s decision can be seen below:
‘(The Court) Rejects the request to replace the measure of preventive detention by the measure of judicial control under bail formulated by the defendant TEA as inadmissible in principle. With the right to appeal within 48 hours of notification.’
Tate’s legal team said it will appeal the decision to reject the influencer’s bail. If this appeal is also denied, he will remain behind bars until at least March 29.
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.
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.
Following the judge’s decision today, Tate’s lawyer, Eugen Vidineac, said: “At first sight, the court’s decision is unlawful because the principle of inadmissibility concerns a question of the impossibility of the judicial act, a principle that cannot be apply in this case”.
Tate’s brother, Tristan, will attend his bail hearing tomorrow.
His two accomplices, Luana Radu, 32, a former police officer in Bucharest, and Georgiana Naghel, 28, a model believed to have been dating Tate for nearly a year, will also attend bail hearings tomorrow and Thursday respectively. None of the four have yet been formally charged.