Andrew Tate: A timeline from Twitter rows to a Romanian cell | World News
Andrew Tate went from little celebrity – Big Brother contestant, kickboxer, influencer – to household fame thanks to his misogynistic videos, social media bans and high-profile arrests in Romania.
He is being held on suspicion of rape and human trafficking, charges he denies.
It’s been months of controversial Twitter posts, trial dates and scandals with climate campaigner Greta Thunberg.
That’s what led to Tatearrest and what has happened since his arrest.
April 2022 – first raid
On April 11, Romanian police raided Tate’s home in connection with an investigation into allegations of human trafficking and rape.
The Romanian Directorate for Organized Crime and Terrorism Investigation, known as DIICOT, cited the raid as evidence that their investigation had been ongoing for months, and Tate’s arrest in December was not related to the pizza boxes shown in applause. aimed at Greta Thunberg (more on that later).
August 2022 – social media ban
tate banned Instagram, Facebook and YouTube for violating “dangerous persons” rules and violating hate speech rules.
This increased his number of social media bans to five. He was kicked off Twitter in 2017 (but allowed to return in November 2022) and TikTok won’t let him have an account, though that hasn’t stopped his videos from racking up millions of views on the platform.
He restarted himself Rumble streaming platformwho describes himself as “impervious to culture cancellation”.
December 27, 2022 – Greta Thunberg scandal
Tate is goading climate activist Greta Thunberg on Twitter by sharing a photo of him standing next to a Bugatti showing off his 33 cars and asking for her email address so he can send details of their “huge emissions”.
Ms Thunberg’s response is with a fake email address that makes fun of him and ends with the words “getalife.com”. – became one of the most popular tweets in history.
December 28, 2022 – pizza making video
He then shows a video of him smoking a cigar and telling Thunberg to “live life”. He is handed a stack of Romanian-branded pizza boxes, sparking the theory that the video gave the police his whereabouts.
There is no evidence that this is the case though Miss Thunberg took the opportunity to unearthtweeting: “Here’s what happens when you don’t recycle pizza boxes.”
December 29, 2022 – arrest
tate arrested, along with his brother Tristan and two Romanian women. They were detained on suspicion of human trafficking, rape and the creation of an organized crime group.
First they were detained for 24 hours, and then extended to 30 days. In January, 30 more days were added, which allowed them to last until February 27th.
January 10, 2023 – court appearance
The Tate Brothers stand trial in Bucharest. They are lost their charm against a court extending their detention.
The document explaining the judge’s motives for the extension stated that “the possibility that they will evade the investigation cannot be ignored” and they can “leave Romania and settle in countries that do not allow extradition”.
Their lawyers also unsuccessfully argued that the court should return property seized during their arrest, including property, land and a fleet of luxury cars.
Snapshot of Tate’s alleged earnings revealed
Luxurious home in Bucharest may have to pay for Tate’s legal troubles
January 12, 2023 – house searches.
Police searched seven more houses to discover additional evidence in the Tate investigation.
January 14, 2023 – Luxury cars seized.
Romanian authorities have confiscated several luxury cars from the Tate Villa. Cars, including Rolls-Royce and BMW, were seized from the house and taken by police to a secret warehouse.
January 25 and 26, 2023 – brothers interrogated
The brothers have spent two days of interrogation at the Bucharest headquarters of the anti-organized crime and terrorism organization known as Diicot.
When the couple arrived on the second day, Tristan Tate told reporters, “What evidence? They are not here”.
As he left, Andrew Tate pleaded not guilty, saying, “There is no evidence in my case because I did nothing wrong.”
Diicot spokeswoman Ramona Bolla said it takes time to review “a few seized devices.”