BUCHAREST, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Controversial web character Andrew Tate stated on Wednesday that there was no justice in Romania and that the file in opposition to him in a prison investigation into alleged human trafficking and rape was empty.
Tate, his brother Tristan and two Romanian suspects have been in police custody since December 29 awaiting ongoing prison investigations into allegations of forming a prison gang for the sexual exploitation of girls, allegations they deny.
On Thursday, a Romanian courtroom prolonged her detention till February 27. Prosecutors stated the Tate brothers recruited their victims by seducing them and falsely claiming they needed a relationship or marriage.
The victims had been then taken to properties on the outskirts of the capital, Bucharest, and sexually exploited via bodily violence and psychological intimidation, forcing them to provide pornographic content material for social media websites that generated giant monetary features, prosecutors stated.
In addition they stated that Andrew Tate, a former skilled kickboxer who holds US and British nationalities, raped one of many victims in March final 12 months, which he denies.
“You already know we did nothing flawed,” Tate advised reporters when introduced in for additional questioning by organized crime prosecutors, the primary feedback to the media since his arrest. “This file is totally empty. After all it’s unfair, sadly there is no such thing as a justice in Romania.”
When requested if he’d damage girls, Tate stated, “After all not.”
Earlier this month, Romanian authorities stated they’d seized 18 million lei ($3.99 million) value of products and cash, together with luxurious vehicles and actual property, as a part of the investigation.
“There isn’t any proof in opposition to me,” Tristan Tate advised reporters on Wednesday. “The authorities plan to steal my vehicles and my cash. That’s why I’m in jail.”
Prosecutors stated the seizure was supposed to forestall the belongings from being hid.
The Tates “are assured of their defence, they belief the proof of their favor, they’ve made an in depth assertion, they’ve cooperated (with the authorities),” their legal professional Eugen Vidineac advised reporters after questioning.
“We expect the protection is taking form.”
Andrew Tate rose to mainstream notoriety for misogynist remarks that resulted in his being banned from all main social media platforms, though his Twitter account was restored in November after Elon Musk took over the social media community.
Reporting by Luiza Ilie and Octav Ganea; Edited by Nick Macfie and Daniel Wallis
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