Latest from Andrew Tate: No evidence of trafficking or rape charges against brothers, lawyer says

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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 arrested in Romania last month as part of an investigation by Romania’s Organized Crime Bureau.

Eugen Vidineac, who represents the two brothers, told the Romanian news site thought the defense had not had the opportunity to study the prosecution case.

“I make it clear from the outset that even so far, the criminal investigation file has not been made available to us to ensure an effective defense of our clients.

“In this sense, I would like to point out, at least from this point of view, I am also somewhat surprised, that there is not a single piece of evidence apart from the victim impact statement that leads to the idea that a crime of rape has been committed.”

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

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The Tate brothers didn’t understand why they were in police custody, lawyer says

In a video with translated captions posted to Andrew Tate’s Twitter account, Eugen Vidineac, lawyer for Mr Tate and his brother Tristan, said it took the brothers “a while to figure out” why they were in detention.

The brothers, who both have British citizenship, were arrested along with two Romanians on December 29 in connection with an investigation into organized crime, human trafficking and rape.

The couple intend to appeal.

Mr Vidineac said earlier there was no proof of the allegations against Mr Tate and his co-defendant.

Tate is arrested on December 29

(Twitter)

Liam JamesJanuary 9, 2023 6:30 p.m.

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Andrew Tate’s misogyny claims it was ‘taken out of context’, lawyer says

More from Eugen Vidineac, the lawyer representing the Tate brothers:

Speaking about claims that men had contempt for women, Mr Vidineac said: “They say these issues were taken out of context, from some interviews they did on social media.

“But they also say, if we live our lives surrounded by more than 300 people, women and men, we have a lot of girlfriends and supporters all over the world, we go out in public all the time with our girlfriends and there are Had no complaints from our girlfriends.

“People have come out in public and said they’ve been with one of the Tate brothers and he’s not a violent, uneducated, abusive character as he’s portrayed at this point.”

Mr Tate has come under heavy criticism in recent weeks, mainly for his views on women, which have been denounced as misogynistic.

In a video in which he is seen discussing feminism, Tate said women should “shut the fuck up, have kids, sit home, shut up and make coffee.”

Liam JamesJanuary 9, 2023 5:30 p.m.

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Andrew Tate’s online ‘persona’ cannot be used as evidence, lawyer says

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

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

Speaking about the role social media can play in the case, Mr Vidineac said: “In the case of the Tate brothers, I don’t know what their intention was to promote themselves on social media, but I’m sitting here and I wonder if this can the intent of social media can be used as evidence in a criminal prosecution case, as far as criminality is concerned?”

Romania’s 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 warrant from 24 hours to 30 days, Diicot added.

Liam JamesJanuary 9, 2023 4:30 p.m.

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Lawyers for Andrew Tate say rape and trafficking allegations have no evidence

Lawyer representing Andrew Tate said there was “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 the two brothers, told the Romanian newspaper online thought the defense had not had the opportunity to study the prosecution case.

The lawyer said several electronic devices were seized in April last year and computer-searched.

He added: “I will point out at the outset that even so far the criminal investigation file has not been made available to us to ensure an effective defense of our clients.

“In this sense, I would like to point out, at least from this point of view, I am also somewhat surprised, that there is not a single piece of evidence apart from the victim impact statement that leads to the idea that a crime of rape has been committed.”

Asked about the evidence to support a human trafficking offence, Mr Vidineac replied: “In my opinion, there is no evidence there either, and I am talking about evidence leading, by themselves or directly, to the formation of an opinion of reasonable suspicion as to the commission of offenses provided for and punishable by criminal law.

Liam JamesJanuary 9, 2023 4:00 p.m.

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Andrew Tate account posts again

Andrew Tate’s account posted another tweet referring to the “Matrix”, after a previous post that said he was responsible for “attacking it”.

Mr Tate has previously claimed to believe reality is a ‘matrix’ – referencing Keanu Reeves’ dystopian sci-fi film where people are tricked by computers into working until they die.

The last tweet from his account, which also shared a post attributed to Mr Tate’s lawyer, read: ‘The Matrix don’t play fair, they play to win.’

In a recent exchange with climate activist Greta Thunberg, Tate posted a bizarre video in which he accused Ms Thunberg of being a “slave to the Matrix”.

Liam JamesJanuary 9, 2023 3:30 p.m.

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Here’s How To Beat Toxic Men Like Andrew Tate | Comment

Sufyan Ahmedtackles the toxic culture behind the imprisoned influencer: News of Andrew Tate’s arrest was greeted with relief by many, hoping it will end its relevance. However, in my opinion (and my experience), the damage is done. Tate’s opinions, amplified through social media, have already led to the manipulation of many young men of my generation, and without urgent intervention we could end up with a lost generation of young men. Let me tell you what I saw.

There is no denying the immense reach achieved by Tate. He was Google’s most searched man in the summer of 2022. Videos with his hashtag amassed 13 billion views on TikTok. Its mentorship program currently has 160,000 paying subscribers.

Once you dive into what Tate preaches to the masses, its social media reach is terrifying. Tate made comments such as “women bear some responsibility for rape”; compared women to dogs and proudly confessed in a video with a fellow YouTuber to being an “outright misogynist”, saying he was actually a “realist” and “when you’re realistic, you’re sexist”. The amplification of these views should terrify everyone.

Liam JamesJanuary 9, 2023 3:03 p.m.

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Romanian news says Tate was hospitalized after a medical examination

Speculation about Andrew Tate being hospitalized stems from a report by Antenna 3a Romanian news site partner of CNN.

The report said: “Yesterday he [Tate] was taken out of the central police prison in the capital and taken to the hospital because during his incarceration, according to the procedures, he underwent a medical examination and the prison doctor asked him if he suffered from certain ailments.

“The Tate brothers’ attorney notified the Central Detention Center and said he had certain medical issues.

“Based on this notification, he was taken to a specialist consultation at a hospital in the capital yesterday.”

The report adds that he was then returned to the prison where he was being held.

Liam JamesJanuary 9, 2023 2:30 p.m.

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

Far-right influencer Andrew Tate sent out a cryptic tweet on Sunday as local media reported that one of the two Tate brothers had been hospitalized in Romania (Maroosha Muzaffar writing).

Mr Tate, 36, and his brother Tristan Tate remain in detention in Romania after being arrested for human trafficking and rape. It is unclear whether the tweet was sent by Mr Tate himself or someone else controlling his account.

Liam JamesJanuary 9, 2023 1:44 p.m.

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