Controversial influencer Andrew Tate has reportedly been arrested and detained in Romania overnight.
The controversial social media star, 36, was arrested on suspicion of human trafficking, rape, and forming an organised crime group. His brother Tristan and two Romanians have also been arrested, prosecutors said.
It’s believed that officials may have tracked him down after his viral video about Greta Thunberg revealed his location.
Tate posted a two minute-long bizarre video rant on Twitter in response to a scathing tweet from the young environmental activist Thunberg, who’d told him he had ‘small d**k energy’, The Manc reports.
In the video, self-proclaimed misogynist Tate receives a pizza delivery – it’s believed the restaurant brand name on the box tipped off Romanian authorities to his location.
Prosecutors said: “The four suspects… appear to have created an organised crime group with the purpose of recruiting, housing and exploiting women by forcing them to create pornographic content meant to be seen on specialised websites for a cost. They would have gained important sums of money.”
Tate, a former professional kickboxer turned controversial media personality, has hit headlines constantly this year for his views about women.
He’s gained a large following online but has previously been banned from Twitter, Instagram, and most notably TikTok.
He first rose to fame in 2016 when he was removed from Big Brother after a video emerged that appeared to show him attacking a woman with a belt. He claimed the clip was edited.
Now back on Twitter, Tate gloated to Greta Thunberg that he currently has 33 cars and that ‘this is just the start’ of his growing collection.
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She responded with what is a now-viral tweet with over 3.2 million likes and counting, writing on Twitter: “Yes, please do enlighten me. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
He then shared a video of himself smoking a cigar in a silk robe with a bizarre rant, in which he accused the ‘global matrix’ of deploying a ‘bot farm’ to make the 19-year-old’s tweet go viral.
It’s believed this video may be what’s led to his arrest – he and his brother Tristan have been under criminal investigation since April.
Featured image: Twitter, @cobratate