Tate Loses Bid to End Detention in Romania

Court upholds influencer's 30-day arrest
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2023 7:31 AM CST
Updated Jan 10, 2023 7:16 PM CST
Cops Seize Luxury Cars Tate Used to Troll Thunberg
Andrew Tate, left, and his brother Tristan, leave after appearing at the Court of Appeal, in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Jan.10, 2023.   (AP Photo/Alexandru Dobre)
UPDATE Jan 10, 2023 7:16 PM CST

A court in Romania has upheld the 30-day arrest of divisive social media personality and self-described misogynist Andrew Tate on charges of organized crime, human trafficking, and rape, an official said Tuesday. Ramona Bolla, a spokesperson for Romanian anti-organized crime agency DIICOT, said the court rejected an appeal by Tate against a judge’s earlier decision to extend his arrest from 24 hours to 30 days, the AP reports. Tate, a British-US dual citizen, was initially detained on Dec. 29 for 24 hours along with his brother Tristan, who was charged in the same case. Two Romanian women also were taken into custody.

Jan 5, 2023 7:31 AM CST

Last month, controversial influencer Andrew Tate, since taken into the custody of Romanian police on human trafficking and rape charges, tried to troll climate activist Greta Thunberg with a post about his luxury car collection. "I have 33 cars," including a Bugatti and at least two Ferraris, he bragged at the time, poking fun at Thunberg by telling her he wanted to send her a list of all the vehicles in his possession, as well as details of their "enormous emissions." That list just became substantially shorter: Romanian authorities say they've seized some of the cars from Tate's assemblage, including what appears to be the Bugatti and the Ferraris, as well as a Porsche and $380,000 Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge, per the Independent, citing Romanian outlet Spy News.

Another Romanian news outlet, Gandul, shows photos of other cars said to have been seized, including a BMW X6 M and Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate. Authorities say they took 11 cars in total, per Insider. The Independent puts the value of the collection at $5.3 million, though it's not clear if that's for all of Tate's cars or just the ones seized. Ramona Bolla, a spokeswoman for the country's Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism, tells Insider the seizure was made so that the cars could be used to help offset the cost of the probe into Tate, as well as serve as collateral in case his victims are awarded payments. Bolla says investigators are looking into whether the vehicles were purchased using money made through human trafficking. Tate, his brother, and two others were arrested on Dec. 29. (Read more Andrew Tate stories.)

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