BUCHAREST – Andrew Tate, the divisive social media character and former skilled kickboxer who’s charged in Romania with rape, human trafficking, and forming a legal gang to sexually exploit ladies, misplaced an enchantment on Thursday towards a court docket’s earlier determination to maintain him underneath home arrest, his spokesperson stated.

The Bucharest Court docket of Attraction dominated towards Tate’s enchantment, which challenged a court docket’s June 23 determination to increase the home arrest measure for 30 extra days because the legal case continues.

That call was made days after Romania’s anti-organized crime company, DIICOT, formally indicted the 36-year-old social media star alongside along with his brother Tristan, and two Romanian ladies in the identical case. All 4 had been initially arrested close to Romania’s capital in late December, and have denied the allegations towards them.

Earlier than the enchantment court docket’s ultimate ruling on Thursday, two judges had disagreed on whether or not or to not uphold the home arrest measure, so a 3rd choose was introduced in to preside over the ruling.

The Tate brothers’ spokesperson, Mateea Petrescu, stated the judges’ preliminary determination wasn’t unanimous and that supplied hope regardless that they misplaced the enchantment, as a result of for the primary time since their arrest, “a judge has ruled that the brothers should be allowed to move freely in Romania, without restrictions.”

“We consider this to be a great step toward the rightful exoneration of Andrew and Tristan,” she said, adding that although the brothers “have suffered important damages to their reputation, they remain optimistic and continue to put their faith in the Romanian justice system.”

In June, DIICOT had requested that judges prolong the home arrest measure after the company filed its investigation. Underneath Romanian legislation, judges have 60 days to determine whether or not the case is shipped to trial, but it surely usually takes longer.

Tate, who has been accused of peddling conspiracy theories on-line and has amassed 7 million Twitter followers, has repeatedly claimed that prosecutors haven’t any proof towards him and that there’s a political conspiracy designed to silence his views.

“Very strange that one judge can think the file is garbage and should be dismissed,” read a post on Andrew Tate’s Twitter account after the court’s decision, “and another can believe your liberty should remain permanently deprived. Based on the same file? I’ll let you speculate … I haven’t been outside in 7 months.”

The Tate brothers, who’re twin U.Ok.-U.S. residents, gained an enchantment on March 31 to be moved to accommodate arrest after spending three months in police detention.

DIICOT alleges that the 4 defendants shaped a legal group in 2021 “in order to commit the crime of human trafficking” in Romania, in addition to in the US and Britain.

There are seven feminine victims within the case, DIICOT stated, who had been lured with false pretenses of affection and transported to Romania, the place the gang sexually exploited and subjected them to bodily violence. One defendant is accused of raping a girl twice in March 2022, in line with the company. The ladies had been allegedly managed by “intimidation, constant surveillance” and claims they had been in debt, prosecutors stated.

Andrew Tate was beforehand banned from a number of outstanding social media platforms for expressing hate speech and misogynistic feedback, together with that ladies ought to bear duty for getting sexually assaulted.

A number of ladies in Britain are also pursuing civil claims to acquire damages from Tate, alleging they had been victims of sexual violence.

Throughout their investigations, prosecutors have ordered the confiscation of the Tate brothers’ property, together with 15 luxurious automobiles, luxurious watches and about $3 million in cryptocurrency.


Stephen McGrath reported from Sighisoara.

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