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Romanian prosecutors have accused controversial influencer Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan of of human trafficking, the BBC reports. The men plead not guilty.

Andrew Tate was formally charged on June 20. According to the BBC, the Romanian prosecutor’s office reported that the Briton is accused of rape, trafficking in human beings and forming an organized criminal group for the sexual exploitation of women. Charges related to participation in human trafficking were also filed against the influencer’s brother, Tristan Tate, and two others. None of the accused pleaded guilty.

The Romanian court now has 60 days to review the case file. The BBC emphasizes that the process will not start immediately and will probably take several years.

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Who is Andrew Tate?

Andrew Tate was born in 1986 in Washington, DC. After his parents divorced, he moved to the UK and settled in Luton, his mother’s hometown. He gained popularity by participating in the British edition of “Big Brother” in 2016. Once he was recognizable, he posted on social media controversial contentfor which he was blocked many times. In 2018 he went to Romaniato – as he admitted in one of the interviews – to avoid arrest for rape. At the end of December, just before the arrest, he also got into a loud discussion with Greta Thunberg on Twitter.

At the end of December 2022, Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan were detained in Romania on charges of human trafficking and involvement in rape. They have been living in this country since 2017. The materials of the investigation launched in April last year show that Tate, along with his brother and two Romanian citizens (according to Reuters, they are women) may have belonged to an organized criminal group dealing in human trafficking. During the investigation, evidence was gathered that at least six women were allegedly sexually abused and forced to participate in pornographic recordings on the initiative of the defendants. The brothers plead not guilty.

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