Romanian authorities seize $4 million in assets in Andrew Tate case

BUCHAREST, Jan. 15 (Reuters) – Romanian authorities say they seized goods and cash worth 18 million lei ($3.95 million) as part of a criminal investigation into alleged human trafficking that led to the arrest of divisive internet personality Andrew Tate.

In the past week, the National Agency for the Management of Seized Assets seized 29 movable assets, including luxury vehicles and watches, and several amounts of money in different currencies, it said in a statement late Saturday.

On Saturday, a Reuters reporter witnessed several cars, including a Rolls-Royce, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, being removed from Tate’s compound on the outskirts of the capital Bucharest for transport to a storage facility.

Andrew Tate, his brother and two Romanian female suspects were arrested on December 29 on charges of forming a criminal gang to sexually exploit six women. They have denied wrongdoing.

The detainees challenged their 30-day arrest warrants, but Bucharest’s appeals court this week rejected the challenge, saying they should remain in police custody.

Andrew Tate, a former contestant on the British reality show Big Brother, rose to prominence for misogynistic comments and hate speech.

His comments got him banned from all major social media platforms, though his Twitter account became active again in November after Elon Musk took over the platform.

Tate, who is an American and British national, has said that women are partly responsible for rape and that they belong to men.

($1 = 4.5622 lei)

Reporting by Octav Ganea; Written by Anna Koper; Edited by Christina Fincher

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