Online Influencer Andrew Tate Detained in Romania, Handed UK Arrest Warrant, His Spokesperson Says

Online Influencer Andrew Tate Detained in Romania, Handed UK Arrest Warrant, His Spokesperson Says
A police officer escorts Andrew Tate, (C), handcuffed, from the Court of Appeal in Bucharest, Romania, on March 12, 2024. (Andreea Alexandru/AP Photo)

BUCHAREST, Romania—Online influencer Andrew Tate was detained in Romania and handed an arrest warrant issued by British authorities, his spokesperson said Tuesday.

Mr. Tate, 37, and his brother Tristan Tate were detained Monday evening for 24 hours on allegations of sexual aggression in a U.K. case dating back to 2012–2015, spokesperson Mateea Petrescu said.

She said the Bucharest Court of Appeal, where the Tate brothers appeared in handcuffs on Tuesday escorted by police, was set to make a “pivotal decision” the same day on whether to execute the warrants issued by the Westminster Magistrates Court in London, in a move that could trigger an extradition process.

Four women had reported Andrew Tate to the U.K. authorities for alleged sexual violence and physical abuse, but the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to prosecute him. The alleged victims then turned to crowdfunding to cover their legal costs as they pursue a civil case against him.

“We handed over our evidence about the horrific acts of violence we endured and waited for action. But four years later we were told the U.K. authorities would not prosecute him,” they state on their campaign page. “It’s our one remaining route to hold him accountable.”

It wasn’t immediately clear what Tristan Tate is accused of in the U.K.

Ms. Petrescu said Tuesday that the Tate brothers, who are dual U.K. and U.S. citizens, reject the charges and “express profound disappointment that such serious allegations are being resurrected without substantial new evidence.”

Andrew Tate is charged in a separate case in Romania with rape, human trafficking, and forming a criminal gang to sexually exploit women. He was arrested near Bucharest in December 2022 along with his brother and two Romanian women. Romanian prosecutors formally indicted all four in June and they have denied the allegations.

McCue Jury & Partners, the legal firm representing the four British women who accuse Andrew Tate of rape and serious physical and sexual assaults, said in a statement Tuesday they had urged British police to “immediately seek a warrant” for Tate’s detention and extradition.

Andrew Tate
Police officers escort Andrew Tate (C), handcuffed, to the Court of Appeal in Bucharest, Romania, on March 12, 2024. (Andreea Alexandru/AP Photo)

Matthew Jury, a managing partner at the law firm said that since Mr. Tate was arrested in Romania, he has “spread a vast amount of disinformation about the criminal charges he faces in the U.K.” in high-profile interviews with popular media figures such as Tucker Carlson and Piers Morgan.

Mr. Tate lawyer Eugen Vidineac told journalists at the court on Tuesday that “as far as we know, this investigation was already closed, we don’t know if this investigation is re-opened, if there is any new evidence submitted by the authorities.”

Constantin Gliga, another lawyer representing Mr. Tate, said “we don’t have the necessary data” but noted that the court’s decision will help to “clarify the legal situation” in Romania. “After which we will see whether they will be handed over to the British authorities or not,” he said.

Mr. Tate, who has has 8.9 million followers on X, formerly known as Twitter, has repeatedly said that prosecutors in Romania have no evidence against him and that there is a political conspiracy to silence him.

A post on Mr. Tate’s X account on Tuesday that read, “The Matrix is afraid, but I only fear God.” He uses the term “Matrix” to refer to what he sees as a wide-ranging conspiracy targeting men.

After their arrest in Romania, the Tate brothers were held for three months in police detention before being moved to house arrest. They were later restricted to the areas of Bucharest Municipality and nearby Ilfov County. Currently, they cannot leave Romania. The legal case in Romania is still being discussed in the preliminary chamber stages, a process in which the defendants can challenge prosecutors’ evidence. No trial date has been set.

Last October, lawyers for the alleged abuse victims held a news conference in Bucharest in which they accused Andrew Tate and his followers of trying to intimidate their clients into silence.

In January, Mr. Tate won an appeal challenging the seizure of his assets by Romanian authorities, which were confiscated in the weeks after he was arrested.

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