Internet influencer Andrew Tate, who has been charged in Romania with rape, human trafficking, and forming a criminal gang to exploit women sexually, has won an appeal to be released from house arrest. However, he is prohibited from leaving the country and must adhere to strict conditions. The Bucharest Court of Appeal has ruled that Tate cannot be in close proximity with any of the other defendants, witnesses, or alleged victims and their immediate family, according to his spokesperson, Mateea Petrescu.
Petrescu expressed confidence in the positive outcome, stating, “This gives us confidence that more favorable developments are on the horizon.” The court’s decision also imposes geographical restrictions, restricting all four defendants to Bucharest Municipality and the nearby Ilfov County, unless authorized by a judge.
Tate and his brother, Tristan, who hold dual citizenship from the United Kingdom and the United States, were both indicted in June, along with two Romanian women, in the same case. All four individuals vehemently deny the allegations set against them.
Outside his residence near Bucharest, Andrew Tate addressed the media, proclaiming his innocence from the start. He criticized the media’s portrayal of him as a terrible person and highlighted the absence of any alleged victims coming forward. Supporters have rallied behind him, while he claims there is a political conspiracy aimed at silencing him.
To ensure compliance with their judicial obligations, the court warns that any violation by the defendants could result in a return to house arrest or preventive arrest. The Tate brothers previously won an appeal to be moved to house arrest after spending three months in a police detention facility.
Accused of peddling conspiracy theories and amassing a large following on Twitter, Andrew Tate has been banned from several social media platforms due to hate speech and misogynistic comments. In addition to the ongoing criminal case, several women in Britain are pursuing civil claims against Tate, alleging they were victims of sexual violence.
The DIICOT, Romania’s anti-organized crime agency, contends that the four defendants formed a criminal group in 2021 with the goal of engaging in human trafficking in Romania, the United States, and Britain. DIICOT states that seven female victims were lured with false promises of love and transported to Romania, where they were subjected to sexual exploitation and physical violence. One defendant is further accused of raping a woman in March 2022.
During the investigation, prosecutors have ordered the seizure of the Tate brothers’ assets, including luxury cars, luxury watches, and approximately $3 million in cryptocurrency.
While this development marks a turning point in Andrew Tate’s legal battle, the case’s outcome remains uncertain. As the trial progresses, the world watches closely to see whether justice will be served for the alleged victims and whether Andrew Tate’s claims of innocence will be substantiated.