Former kickboxer Andrew Tate and his brother, Tristan, have been arrested for allegedly kidnapping two girls in Romania. daily mirror reports.
A handcuffed Tate, 36, who rose to fame this year for his sexist and misogynistic views, was filmed being dragged from his luxury villa by police after a raid on Thursday.
Our correspondent deduced that the arrest followed a Twitter dispute between him and climate change activist Greta Thunberg after he posed next to a Romanian pizza box, which may have inadvertently revealed his location to authorities. romanian
Thunberg’s tweet has now become one of the top 20 most liked tweets of all time with 2.9 million likes currently at number 17. It could crack the top 10 by the weekend.
Tate, 36, reportedly had his villa searched by police on Thursday and was detained for 24 hours along with his brother Tristan as part of the investigation.
The self-described misogynist and his brother will be questioned by the country’s organized crime and terrorism team as part of the investigation into alleged sex crimes and human trafficking offences.
A Tate spokesperson told DailyMail.com: “We are unable to provide any details at this time regarding the alleged reports that they have been detained; however, Andrew and Tristan Tate have the utmost respect for the Romanian authorities and will always assist and assist in any way they can.”
Tate, born in Chicago, has been called “the king of toxic masculinity” for his online tirades against women, which have earned him notoriety and millions of followers in the past year.
Romanian outlet Libertatea was first to report on the raids, citing information from sources that the Tate brothers were suspected of running an organized criminal group that forced women to make adult videos.
Andrew Tate’s home in the Eastern European nation was also raided on April 11 this year as part of a human trafficking investigation.
After the April raid, which was reportedly sparked by a complaint by a US citizen to the US embassy in Bucharest, the Tate brothers were detained for several hours for questioning, but were eventually released while the investigation continued.
Andrew Tate previously bragged to his followers that ’40 per cent’ of the reason he moved to Romania was because the police were less likely to follow through on any sexual assault accusations against him.
In a Thursday press release, DIICOT, Romania’s police, crime and investigation unit, said they had raided five houses after obtaining search warrants.
The arrest warrants were issued in connection with an ongoing investigation into an organized criminal group, international human trafficking and rape.