Andrew Tate – latest news: No evidence for trafficking or rape charges against brothers, says lawyer

Joe Rogan mocks Andrew Tate’s arrest and praises Greta Thunberg’s tweet

Andrew Tate’s lawyer has claimed there is “no evidence” to support allegations of human trafficking, rape or organized crime against him or his brother.

The former professional kickboxer turned controversial influencer, 36, and his brother Tristan were detained in Romania last month as part of an investigation by the Romanian organized crime bureau.

Eugen Vidineac, who represents both brothers, told Romanian news site Gandul the defense had not been given the opportunity to study the prosecution file for the case.

“I will point this out from the beginning, that even up to the present moment, the criminal investigation file has not been made available to us to ensure the effective defense of our clients.

“In this sense, I would like to point out, at least from this point of view, I am also somehow amazed, there is not a single piece of evidence apart from the victim’s statement that leads to the idea that a crime of rape was committed.”

Earlier, local media reported that the Tate brothers had been rushed to the hospital after a medical examination.

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ICYMI: Andrew Tate sends cryptic social media update saying ‘Matrix attacked me’ amid reported hospitalization

Far-right influencer Andrew Tate sent a cryptic tweet on Sunday amid local media reports that one of the two Tate brothers had been hospitalized in Romania.

The tweet read: “The Matrix has attacked me. But they misunderstand, you cannot kill an idea. Hard to Kill.”

Maroosha Muzaffar reports:

Sravasti Dasgupta10 January 2023 05:00

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Andrew Tate is no stranger to controversy.

The former kickboxer and social media influencer, who has gained notoriety over the years for peddling misogynistic views, was detained in Romania on Thursday December 29 on suspicion of human trafficking, rape, and forming an organized crime group, prosecutors said.

Take a look at our story below for everything you need to know about the influencer:

Katy Clifton10 January 2023 04:00

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The lawyer representing Andrew Tate has said there is “no evidence” to support allegations of human trafficking, rape or organized crime against the social media influencer or his co-accused.

The former professional kickboxer turned controversial online personality, 36, and his brother Tristan, who grew up in Luton, Bedfordshire, were detained in Romania last month as part of a human trafficking and rape investigation.

Eugen Vidineac, who represents both brothers, told Romanian online newspaper Gandul he believed the character someone like Tate portrays on social media could not be “used as evidence in a criminal trial” as it may not reflect who they are in real life.

In a video with translated subtitles posted on Andrew Tate’s Twitter account, Mr. Vidineac said it took the Tate brothers “some time to understand” why they were in custody.

Katy Clifton10 January 2023 02:00

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Andrew Tate’s ‘character’ can’t be used as evidence, lawyer claims

Eugen Vidineac, who represents Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan, told Romanian online newspaper Gandul that the far-right influencer’s online persona could not be used against him in court.

The lawyer said he believed the character someone like Mr Tate portrays on social media could not be used as evidence in a criminal trial as it may not reflect who they are in real life.

Speaking about what role social media may play in the case, Mr. Vidineac said: “In the case of the Tate brothers, I don’t know what their intent was in promoting themselves on social media, but I sit here and wonder, can that intent from the social media stand as evidence in a criminal prosecution case, with respect to a criminal character?”

Romanian anti-organized crime agency Diicot said two British citizens and two Romanians were suspected of being part of a criminal group focused on human trafficking on December 29.

Their appeals will be heard against a judge’s decision to extend their arrest warrants from 24 hours to 30 days, Diicot added.

Liam James10 January 2023 00:00

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Andrew Tate lawyer says rape and trafficking allegations have no evidence

The lawyer representing Andrew Tate has said there is “no evidence” to support allegations of human trafficking, rape or organized crime against the 36-year-old social media influencer or his brother Tristan.

Eugen Vidineac, who represents both brothers, told Romanian online newspaper Gandul the defense had not been given the opportunity to study the prosecution file for the case.

The lawyer said several electronic devices were seized in April last year which were subject to computer searches.

He added: “I will point this out from the beginning, that even up to the present moment, the criminal investigation file has not been made available to us to ensure the effective defense of our clients.

“In this sense, I would like to point out, at least from this point of view, I am also somehow amazed, there is not a single piece of evidence apart from the victim’s statement that leads to the idea that a crime of rape was committed.”

Asked what evidence there was in support of a human trafficking offense, Mr. Vidineac said: “In my view, there is no evidence there either, and I’m talking about evidence leading, by itself or directly, to the formation of an opinion of reasonable suspicion regarding the commission of offenses provided for and punishable by criminal law.”

Andrew Tate, who is detained in Romania

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Andrew Tate, who is detained in Romania

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Liam James9 January 2023 23:00

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Andrew Tate: In 2023, let’s end the curse of the ‘anti-woke’ bigots Comment

Phil McDuff‘s take on last year’s anti-woke wave: 2022 was the year of “anti-woke.” This was the year that saw Elon Musk spend $44Bn on Twitter to defeat “the woke mind virus”, the year of Florida’s “Stop Woke Act”, of the American right siding with Putin over Ukraine because of his “anti-woke” credentials (read, overt homophobia). Woke is in the daily lexicon of both MPs and the press.

Julia Hartley-Brewer was simply going along with the trend, and with her job description, when she joined in the brief Twitter spat between professional misogynist Andrew Tate and climate activist Greta Thunberg. Of course, Hartley-Brewer joined in on Tate’s side. His more “controversial” views – such as married women being the property of their husbands – can be overlooked as simply taking things a bit too far, perhaps due for criticism at the appropriate time, but necessarily overlooked while his opponents are the hated “woke” lefties” like Thunberg.

Unfortunately for Hartley-Brewer, a day after she said “I’d choose Andrew Tate’s life *every single time* over the life of a half-educated, autistic, doom-mongering eco-cultist,” Tate had been arrested in Romania on charges of human trafficking, rape and forming an organized crime group. Hartley-Brewer has claimed she didn’t really know who Tate was, branding him “an irrelevance” – for context, Tate has 3.5 million Twitter followers and his TikTok videos have over 13 billion views – and this may be true, but reflexively opposing Thunberg she ended up associating herself with a dangerous, misogynistic, probably criminal and definitely deeply unpleasant man.

Liam James9 January 2023 22:00

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How did Andrew Tate make his money? All you need to know about the influencer arrested in Romania

Andrew Tate is no stranger to controversy.

The former kickboxer and social media influencer, who has gained notoriety over the years for peddling misogynistic views, was detained in Romania on Thursday December 29 on suspicion of human trafficking, rape, and forming an organized crime group, prosecutors said.

Mr Tate and his brother – who have reportedly been under investigation since April – will be detained for 30 days.

Here’s everything you need to know:

Liam James9 January 2023 21:00

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Who is Tristan Tate? All we know about Andrew Tate’s brother arrested in human trafficking raid

When influencer Andrew Tate was arrested in Romania during a police raid, he was detained alongside three other people – one of them, his brother (Thomas Kingsley writes).

Tristan Tate, who is also a former kickboxer turned social media influencer, was detained in December as part of an investigation into human trafficking and rape by Romania’s anti-organized crime agency Didcot.

While the headlines around the arrest focused on the more famous Andrew Tate, his brother is less well known.

Below we look at everything we know about him as the investigation into his alleged offenses continues.

Liam James9 January 2023 20:00

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Romanian authorities seize Andrew Tate’s car collection as the investigation continues

Romanian authorities have seized a collection of cars belonging to misogynistic social media influencer Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan (Maya Oppenheim writes).

It comes days after the 36-year-old self-avowed “success coach” was arrested as part of a human trafficking investigation.

Mr. Tate, who once appeared briefly on Big Brotherhas referred to married women as “property” that their husbands own.

In footage where Mr Tate talks about feminism, the former kickboxer claims women should “shut the f*** up, have kids, sit at home, be quiet and make coffee”.

Romanian authorities seized the car collection, estimated to be worth over five million euros, as well as a number of buildings including one where the brothers lived and allegedly held six young women, according to a local news report.

Liam James9 January 2023 19:00

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Tate brothers could not understand why they were in custody, says the lawyer

In a video with translated subtitles posted on Andrew Tate’s Twitter account, Eugen Vidineac, lawyer for Mr. Tate and his brother Tristan, said it took the brothers “some time to understand” why they were in custody.

The brothers, who both have British citizenship, were arrested alongside two Romanians on December 29 as part of an investigation into organized crime, human trafficking and rape.

The pair intends to appeal.

Mr. Vidineac earlier said there was no evidence for the allegations against Mr. Tate and his co-accused.

Tate is arrested on 29 December

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Tate was arrested on December 29

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Liam James9 January 2023 18:30

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