Andrew Tate Gets a Big Legal Update

Influencer, brother indicted in Romania on charges of rape, human trafficking, and organized crime
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2023 3:35 PM CST
Updated Jun 20, 2023 7:49 AM CDT
Andrew Tate Will Spend Another Month in Custody
Police officers escort Andrew Tate handcuffed to his brother Tristan, right, from the Court of Appeal after they appealed the decision to extend their arrest by another 30 days term in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023.   (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
UPDATE Jun 20, 2023 7:49 AM CDT

Looks like Andrew Tate's stay in Romania won't be over in the near future: The controversial influencer was indicted there Tuesday, alongside his brother, Tristan Tate, reports the BBC. The siblings were hit with charges of human trafficking, rape, and forming an organized crime group. A conviction in Romania on human trafficking charges could bring a prison term of between three and 10 years, while for rape, the men could see five to 10 years behind bars, per the Washington Post. Two Romanian female associates also face charges. A judge now has 60 days to review the case before sending it to trial. Meanwhile, other charges, including money laundering and trafficking of minors, are still possible. In a statement, the Tates' attorneys called the indictment "undoubtedly predictable," but noted they "embrace the opportunity it presents to demonstrate their innocence and vindicate their reputation."

Feb 1, 2023 3:35 PM CST

Andrew Tate's latest bid to get released from preventive custody has gone nowhere. The Guardian reports a Romanian appeals court on Wednesday upheld a January decision that saw the controversial influencer's detention extended until at least Feb. 27. The New York Post reports the 36-year-old yelled "you know I’m innocent!" to reporters as he was brought into the courthouse while handcuffed to brother Tristan. The two have been in custody since their December arrest on suspicion of human trafficking, organized crime, and rape.

In extending their arrest for another 30 days in January, a judge flagged "the capacity … of the defendants to exercise permanent psychological control over their victims, including by resorting to constant acts of violence." The BBC reports the brothers were represented in their appeal by Tina Glandian, whose past clients include Mike Tyson, Chris Brown, and Ke$ha. She argued their detention without charge or bail for more than 30 days is a violation of international human rights, reports the AP. (More Andrew Tate stories.)

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