Andrew Tate accused of human trafficking and rape in Romania

(CNN) — Online influencer Andrew Tate, his brother Tristan and two Romanian citizens were charged on Tuesday with human trafficking, rape and creating a criminal gang, according to a statement from Romanian prosecutors.

The Tate brothers and two Romanian suspects are under house arrest pending a criminal investigation into abuses against seven women, charges they have denied.

Tate was first arrested in Bucharest, the Romanian capital, in December 2022. He and his brother were taken into custody until March, before being placed under house arrest.

Andrew Tate was also charged with raping one of the victims, while his brother Tristan was charged with inciting violence by others.

The trial will not begin immediately.

Under Romanian law, the case is sent to the preliminary courtroom, where a judge has 60 days to inspect the records to ensure legality.

Prosecutors said the Tate brothers recruited their victims by seducing them and falsely pretending they wanted a relationship or marriage.

Tate, a former professional boxer, became famous for his viral online rants preaching male dominance, female submission and the pursuit of wealth. He was a vocal advocate of violence against women and was previously banned from all major social media platforms until Elon Musk reinstated his Twitter account after taking over the business.

Tate shot to fame last year, prompting many to be alarmed at his damaging influence on his predominantly young, male audience. Teachers around the world have pointed to the growing prevalence of misogynistic views among teens who are fans of Tate content.

Prior to its deletion, his TikTok account had racked up around 11.6 billion views.

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