Andrew Tate’s vilest moments – Big Brother scandal, rape tweets and webcam scam

Yesterday (Thursday, December 29) controversial social media personality Andrew Tate was reportedly arrested in Romania alongside his brother Tristan as part of a human trafficking and rape investigation.

The British-American former kickboxer, 36, appears to have since been released and broke his silence earlier today with a five-word tweet.

Tate has gained notoriety online in recent months from videos portrayed as male self-help but widely criticised as being misogynistic (among other things).

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His comments have included describing married women as the "property" of their husband and arguing cheating is just "exercise" for men.

However, Tate has actually been in the public eye for several years, throughout which he's been involved in a slew of controversies.

He appeared briefly on Big Brother in 2016 but was booted off the show after footage emerged appearing to show him attacking a woman.

He said at the time that it had been edited and both he and the woman involved claimed it was consensual.

Around that time Tate was criticised for a number of tweets containing slurs such as "f*g" and "p**i". He was eventually banned from Twitter in 2017 for writing: "If you put yourself in a position to be raped, you must bare some responsibility."

Elon Musk allowed him back onto the social media site following his takeover earlier this year, but not before he was banned from Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok.

He has described himself as "absolutely a misogynist", stated that women "belong in the home" and claimed men prefer dating 18-year-olds and 19-year-olds because they are likely to have had less sex.

Before his ban, clips of him making such comments propelled him to worldwide fame on TikTok.

However, the lead up to yesterday's arrest dates back to well before he polluted the video sharing app.

He and Tristan moved to Romania five years ago where they set up a webcam business, with men paying to spend time with models online.

Tate said he moved there for less interference from police, explaining in a YouTube video: "I'm not a rapist, but I like the idea of just being able to do what I want. I like being free."

Previously, Tristan brazenly bragged to the Mirror how their webcam empire was "all a big scam", with models selling punters a sob story to rake in more cash.

The Tate brothers' detention yesterday was in relation to this business.

Although Romanian authorities did not name them explicitly, they said two British citizens and two Romanian citizens were arrested as part of a probe into an organised crime group.

According to their statement, six people had been "sexually exploited", having been "recruited" by the British citizens who they said had misrepresented their intention to enter into a relationship with the victims – the so-called "loverboy method".

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."

A spokesperson for Tate told the Mirror that he could not provide details relating to the arrest.

The brothers have been under investigation since April, when again their Bucharest mansion was raided following a tip-off that a woman was being held there against her will. They were questioned and released.

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