Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan today lost their appeal against a Romanian court’s decision to deny them bail and keep them behind bars for sex trafficking.
Tate, 36, was arrested Dec. 29 in Bucharest along with Tristan and two Romanian women, on suspicion of human trafficking, rape and forming an organized criminal group to exploit victims.
Earlier this month, all four appeared in a bail hearing which Tate hoped would result in his release from prison and placement on house arrest after nearly three months behind bars. But this request for release on bail was rejected by a judge and everyone appealed the decision.
And today a judge dismissed their appeal against the decision to deny them bail, the Tate spokesman told MailOnline.
Last week, Tate and Tristan said they were “speechless” after a Romanian court ruled the misogynistic influencer should stay in jail for another 30 days for sex trafficking.
Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan today lost their appeal against a Romanian court’s decision to deny them bail and keep them behind bars for sex trafficking. Pictured: Tate and Tristan in court in Bucharest on March 28
Tate, 36, was arrested on December 29 along with his brother Tristan on suspicion of human trafficking, rape and forming an organized crime group to exploit women
A judge has granted prosecutors a fourth 30-day extension to their March 22 arrest, meaning the four – brothers Tate and Luana Radu, 32, and Georgina Naghel, 28 – will remain in custody until March 21. April, the Tate spokesperson told MailOnline. None of the four has yet been formally charged.
Tate and Tristan slammed the judge’s decision last week and said their image had been ‘irreparably damaged’ by Romania’s criminal justice system, while insisting it would ‘take years to rebuild’ its reputation .
Their spokesperson told MailOnline at the time: ‘The court has decided to extend the preventive arrest of the Tate brothers. We were rendered speechless by the news.
“The interaction with the judge was extremely dynamic and the brothers were offered for the first time the opportunity to present all the legal guarantees that they were not in danger of fleeing,” they said.
“They are the first to want light to be shed on this case. The substantial material damages they have suffered are nothing compared to the moral damages.
“Their image has been damaged beyond repair and it will take years to rebuild reputation, trust and connection with the general public.”
The brothers will appeal the decision to extend their detention for 30 days. This appeal will be heard on Friday.
Prosecutors said the Tate (pictured) and Tristan recruited their victims by seducing them and falsely claiming they wanted a relationship or marriage
Last month Tate, who is accused of recruiting young women and forcing them to create pornographic content online, lost another appeal against a judge’s earlier decision to extend his arrest for the third time. .
A document explaining an earlier decision to keep them in prison says the judge took into account the defendants’ “particular dangerousness” and their ability to identify victims “with increased vulnerability, in search of better life opportunities”.
The prosecution can continue to seek detentions for a total of 180 days, which means that if the judge continues to extend his arrest period, Tate will not be released from prison until at least June 27.
Prosecutors said the Tate brothers recruited their victims by seducing them and falsely claiming they wanted a relationship or marriage.
The victims were then taken to properties on the outskirts of the capital, Bucharest, and forced to produce pornographic content for social media sites which generated large financial gains, prosecutors said.
Earlier this month, Tate denied having cancer after confirming that he had a “dark spot on his lung”.
Tate’s Twitter account said the scar on his lung “is from an old battle” after the medical details were published last week.
‘I don’t have cancer. My lungs contain precisely 0 damage from smoking. In fact, I have a lung capacity of 8 liters and the vital signs of an Olympic athlete,” the update read.
‘There’s nothing but a scar on my lung from an old battle. True warriors are marked both inside and out,’ the post added in a style that has become typical of Tate’s social media posts since his detention.
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
Tate and Tristan moved into a converted warehouse in Romania in 2017, which they staffed with armed guards.
In their hideaway on the outskirts of Bucharest, the Tate brothers had a video chat studio where several women were found during a police raid in April 2022.
Romania’s organized crime agency DIICOT said in a statement after the December arrests that it had identified six victims in the human trafficking case who were allegedly subjected to “acts of physical violence and mental coercion” and sexually exploited by members of the alleged criminal group. .
The agency said the victims were lured into lovemaking and later intimidated, placed under surveillance and subjected to other control tactics while being coerced into engaging in pornographic acts for the financial gain of the criminal group.
In January, Romanian authorities descended on a compound near Bucharest linked to the Tate brothers and towed away a fleet of luxury cars including a Rolls-Royce, a Ferrari and a Porsche. They said they seized assets worth an estimated $3.9 million.
Prosecutors said that if they could prove that the owners of the cars had made money through illicit activities such as human trafficking, the assets would be used to cover the expenses of the investigation and to compensate the victims. victims. Tate also unsuccessfully appealed the asset seizure.
Tate is also accused of raping a Moldovan woman, who he claims followed him from London, in March 2022, which he categorically denies.
In January, he told the Bucharest Court of Appeal that the alleged victim had voluntarily moved to Romania with him in November 2021.
Tate claimed she filed a rape complaint almost six months later when he refused to give her money to buy a house and become a TikTok star.
“My case is not criminal, it’s political. It’s not about justice or fairness. It’s about attacking my influence in the world,’ read a post on his Twitter account on Sunday.
Tate’s views on women, masculinity and entrepreneurship, expressed in podcasts and shared online, became popular in 2022 as they were shared in short clips on social media.
He was eventually banned from various platforms for misogyny and hate speech.
Tate has repeatedly claimed that Romanian prosecutors have no evidence and alleged their case was a “political” plot to silence him.
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