A BBC investigation has uncovered disturbing revelations about the activities of Andrew Tate’s “War Room” community. The investigation, based on 12,000 pages of encrypted Telegram messages, reveals that at least 45 female victims were targeted by the group’s members. These individuals paid $8,000 per year to be part of the community, where they shared tactics and discussed their efforts to seduce, groom, and deceive women into engaging in sex work.
The tactics employed by the War Room members closely mirror the grooming and exploitation methods discussed within the group. Andrew Tate, a misogynist mega-influencer, is currently facing allegations that align with these tactics. He was recently released from house arrest in Romania pending his forthcoming trial. Earlier this year, four women accused him of sexual assault and physical violence, leading to a warning of legal action in London’s High Court. Tate denies all allegations against him.
Members of the War Room pursued a “PhD” in manipulating women, pressuring them into adult webcam work, and taking the majority or all of their earnings. The group’s leaders, known as “generals,” trained members in these practices. They discussed using Pavlovian conditioning on their victims and referred to them as “dogs.” One leader, identified as Miles Sonkin, instructed members on gradually isolating women from their support structures and coercing them into getting tattoos of the group’s name as a test of submission.
Another leader, Joe Lampton, described physically abusing one of his victims by hitting her in the head with a keyboard when she complained about her work. BBC’s investigation spoke to two women who recounted being exploited, isolated from their loved ones, and subjected to physical abuse by members of the War Room.
A spokesperson for Andrew Tate dismissed BBC’s report as presenting false accusations and insulting the community that views him as a positive influence. Tate and his brother Tristan were arrested in late 2022 on human trafficking charges and were held in Romanian jail until March. They have since been under house arrest. The trial date for their case has not yet been set.
Despite the disturbing allegations against them, the Tate brothers maintain their influence among men worldwide through their teachings shared in videos and social media posts.