Andrew Tate releases statement following Romania arrest
'Andrew and Tristan Tate have the utmost respect for the Romanian authorities'
A spokesperson for Andrew Tate has released a statement on the 36-year-old's behalf following his arrest in Romania.
Late on Thursday (December 29), Tate was detained by Romanian authorities at his property in Pipera alongside his brother on suspicion of human trafficking and rape.
Romania's Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) issued a statement, but did not name the Tate brothers, stating that two British citizens and two Romanian citizens were suspected of being part of a criminal group focused on human trafficking.
Bloody hell it’s been reported that Andrew Tate and his brother have been arrested on human trafficking charges in Romania … pic.twitter.com/twreJmwnUm
— Simon Harris - Man Behaving Dadly (THAT’S DADLY) (@simonharris_mbd) December 29, 2022
"We make it clear that during the entire criminal process, the investigated persons benefit from the procedural rights and guarantees provided by the Code of Criminal Procedure, as well as the presumption of innocence," DIICOT said in the statement.
The Tate brothers will be detained for 24 hours for questioning.
According to the Daily Mail, Romanian prosecutors believe this alleged criminal group "sexually exploited at least six women".
A spokesperson for Andrew Tate told the news outlet: "We cannot provide any details at the moment regarding alleged reports that they have been detained; however, Andrew and Tristan Tate have the utmost respect for the Romanian authorities and will always assist and help in any way they can."
DIICOT says they raided five properties during their operation on December 29.
Unconfirmed reports have claimed that authorities were able to confirm his whereabouts thanks to pizza boxes that appeared in his video response to Greta Thunberg on Wednesday.
The Romanian pizza chain appearing in Andrew Tate’s response video to Greta Thunberg was reportedly used as proof for Romanian authorities to confirm his presence in the country, leading to the arrest of him and his brother in a human trafficking probe pic.twitter.com/MD0cved7q5
— Dexerto (@Dexerto) December 29, 2022
This was after the climate activist told Tate he had 'small d**k energy.'
Tate, a former kickboxer, rose to fame in 2016 when he was removed from British TV show Big Brother over a video which appeared to show him attacking a woman.
The 35-year-old has gained notoriety this year because of his inflammatory and misogynistic views on women.
This includes videos where he has said that women should "shut the f**k up, have kids, sit at home, be quiet and make coffee,” that women are men's "property" and that "18-year-old women are “more attractive than 25-year-olds because they’ve been through less d***.”
He has even gone as far to say that rape victims should "bear responsibility" for their attacks.