A court has now officially charged controversial influencer and self-confessed misogynist Andrew Tate over multiple allegations of rape, human trafficking, and organizing a gang to sexually exploit women, some of whom have been identified as vulnerable.
Additionally charged are his brother Tristan and two accomplices, all of whom refute the claims made against them.
In December, the Tate brothers were initially detained at their residence in Bucharest before being placed under house arrest in March as a result of an court order made by a Romanian judge.
The four defendants allegedly created an organized criminal association in 2021 to engage in human trafficking not only in Romania but also in the US and the UK, according to the accusation filed with the Bucharest court.
It lists seven victims who it claims were enlisted by the Tate brothers on the basis of fabricated promises of marriage and/or meaningful relationships.
According to a statement from Romanian authorities, the accused victims were later transferred to premises in the Romanian county of Ilfov where they were intimidated, subjected to continuous acts of control surveillance, and coerced into debt.
The women were reportedly made to participate in pornography by the accused, which was subsequently posted on social media.
According to the statement, one suspect is accused of raping a woman twice in March 2022.
The trial won’t begin right away and is shockingly anticipated to last several years, with the Romanian court also initially needing 60 days to review the case files before the matter can be put forward for trial.