Romanian Court Extends Travel Restrictions on Andrew Tate Ahead of Trial

A Romanian court extends geographical restrictions on Andrew Tate, a former kickboxer and online influencer, as he awaits trial on human trafficking, rape, and criminal gang charges. Tate, who denies the allegations, is not allowed to leave the country, and his lawyer plans to appeal the decision.

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Romanian Court Extends Travel Restrictions on Andrew Tate Ahead of Trial

Romanian Court Extends Travel Restrictions on Andrew Tate Ahead of Trial

A court in Bucharest, Romania, has extended geographical restrictions on Andrew Tate, a 37-year-old former kickboxer and online influencer, who is awaiting trial on charges of human trafficking, rape, and forming a criminal gang to sexually exploit women. The Bucharest Tribunal extended the restrictions by 60 days, stipulating that Tate may not leave the country.

Why this matters: The case against Andrew Tate highlights the ongoing struggle to combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation, particularly in the context of online platforms and influencer culture. The story of this trial may have implications for how authorities address similar cases in the future, and could influence public awareness and discourse around these critical issues.

Tate had requested to be allowed to leave Romania, provided he stayed within Europe's ID-check-free Schengen zone, which Romania partially joined in March. However, the court denied his request. Tate's lawyer, Eugen Vidineac, said they will appeal the decision.

Tate, a dual British-U.S. citizen, was initially arrested in December 2022 near Bucharest along with his brother Tristan and two Romanian women. Romanian prosecutors formally indicted all four in June last year, and all four have denied the allegations. On April 26, the Bucharest Tribunal ruled that the prosecutors' case file against Tate met the legal criteria, and a article could start, but did not set a date for it to begin.

Speaking to reporters outside the court, Andrew Tate said: "It's up to the judge, the judge will decide what the judge will decide, I remain rich and famous — nothing matters." released He added, "If I have to sleep in jail, I'll sleep in jail. Everybody knows if I was not famous, there would be no way on earth that all of you would be here."

In a separate case, Andrew Tate was served with a civil lawsuit lodged by four British women in the U.K. after a claim was issued by the High Court in London. The four women allege Tate sexually and physically assaulted them and had reported him to British authorities in 2014 and 2015. The alleged victims turned to crowdfunding to pursue a civil case against Tate after the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to prosecute him in 2019.

In a third case, the Tate brothers also appeared in March at the Bucharest Court of Appeal after British authorities issued arrest warrants over allegations of sexual aggression in a U.K. case dating back to 2012-2015. The appeals article granted the British request to extradite the Tates to the U.K., but only after legal proceedings in Romania have concluded.

Andrew Tate, who has 9.1 million followers on the social media platform X, was previously banned from various prominent social media platforms for allegedly expressing misogynistic views and hate speech. The Tate brothers were initially held for three months in police detention before being moved to house arrest. They were later restricted to Bucharest Municipality and nearby Ilfov County, but may now travel freely around Romania while the case against them proceeds.