After being held for more than a month, influential figure Andrew Tate has finally made an appearance in a Romanian court to contest his incarceration. While restrained next to his brother Tristan, he yelled at reporters, “I’m innocent!”
Both men have been detained since late December as police look into rape and exploitation allegations, which they strongly refute. A judge granted a request to keep them in custody until the end of February last month. Since the brothers relocated to Romania five years ago, police there have not filed any charges against them.
Attorney Ioan Gliga filed an appeal against the custody extension on Wednesday, telling reporters that he had “new evidence” to counter the prosecution’s arguments. Those who have been wronged “deny any wrongdoing,” he said, adding that the prosecution was the only side who saw a crime. We should have the appeal’s ruling later today.
The Tate brothers’ newly retained American legal counsel was also present in court. Tina Glandian is an international human rights attorney who has represented high-profile clients like Mike Tyson and Chris Brown. It is hoped that her appointment will bring a fresh perspective to the Tates’ legal team as they fight to have the brothers released from preventative custody.
Andrew Tate, a man who openly declares himself a misogynist. The brothers, who are dual nationals of the United States and the United Kingdom, have hired a communications expert to handle inquiries from the press.
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A judge last week issued a strongly worded statement explaining his decision to keep the Tates in custody for another month, describing “the capacity… of the defendants to exercise permanent psychological control over the victims… including by resorting to constant acts of violence.
“He claims that the statements made by the alleged victims “reveal a pattern of action” that gives credence to their accounts. He also emphasised the Tate brothers’ “ability to target… vulnerable victims,” which he called “particular dangerous.”
Since then, at least four alleged victims have filed complaints at a police station close to the Tate compound, with the earliest complaint dating all the way back to 2021. According to the reports, at least one of the complaints was ignored until the Tate investigation got under way. In a statement, the Police Inspectorate said it had “started checks” into the conduct of officers there to determine whether or not disciplinary action was warranted.