Andrew Tate was a small-time celebrity, Big Brother contestant and kickboxer. He became a well-known figure for his misogynistic videos on social media, bans on social media, and high-profile arrests in Romania.
He is being held under suspicion of rape, human trafficking and other allegations which he strongly denies.
It has been a turbulent few months filled with controversial tweets, court dates, and arguments with Greta Thunberg, a climate activist.
This is what happened after Tate‘s arrest.
April 2022: The first raid
Romanian police searched Tate’s house on April 11, as part of their investigation into allegations of human trafficking or rape.
Romania’s Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (known as DIICOT) has pointed out that this raid was evidence of their ongoing investigation. Tate’s December arrest was not connected to the pizza boxes in a clapback video directed at Greta Thunberg. More on that later.
August 2022- Social media bans
Tate is expelled from Instagram and Facebook because he violated rules regarding “dangerous persons” and hate speech.
His total of social media bans now stands at five. He was banned from Twitter in 2017, but was allowed to return in November 2022. TikTok won’t allow him to have an account. However, his videos continue to be viewed millions of times on the platform.
He relaunched his self on the streaming site Rumble. It describes itself as “immune for cancelling culture”.
27 December 2022 – Greta Thunberg row
Tate slanders Greta Thunberg, a climate activist, on Twitter. He shared a photo of himself next to a Bugatti and boasted about his 33 cars. He also asked for her email address in order to send details of their “enormous emission”.
Ms Thunberg’s response – which featured a fake email address mocking him, and ended with the words “getalife.com” It was one of the most popular tweets in history.
28 December 2022 – pizza clapback video
He then follows up with a video in which he smokes cigarettes and tells Ms Thunberg “get a live”. A stack of pizza boxes with Romanian branding is handed to him, leading to the suspicion that the video provided his location to police.
Although Ms Thunberg did not provide any evidence, she took the opportunity to dig and tweeted: “This is what happens if you don’t reuse your pizza boxes.”
29 Dec 2022 – The arrest
Tate was arrested along with his brother Tristan, and two Romanian ladies. They were arrested on suspicion of human trafficking and rape, as well as for forming an organized crime group.
Initial detention was for 24 hours. Then, it was extended to 30 days. They were held for another 30 days in January.
10 Jan 2023 – Court appearance
The Tate brothers appeared in Bucharest. They were denied their appeal against the extension of their detention.
The judge explained that the reason for the extension was to allow them to “evade investigations”. He also suggested that they could “leave Romania and settle elsewhere that does not allow extradition”.
Their lawyers also tried unsuccessfully to convince the court to return any possessions taken during their arrest, including land and luxury cars.
Snapshot of Tate’s estimated earnings
Tate may be paying Lavish Bucharest’s legal bills
12 January 2023: Homes raided
The police raided seven additional homes in an effort to uncover more evidence during the Tate investigation.
14th January 2023 – Luxury cars seized
Romanian authorities seize luxury cars belonging to Tate. Police took the cars, including a Rolls-Royce, and transported them to a secret storage facility.
26 and 25 January 2023 – Brothers questioned
The brothers were questioned at Diicot’s Bucharest headquarters, an organisation that combats organised crime and terrorist financing.
Tristan Tate, the couple’s second-day arrival, told reporters that there was no evidence. It is not there.”
Andrew Tate protested his innocence and left saying, “There is no evidence to support my claim because I have done nothing wrong.”
Ramona Bolla, spokesperson for Diicot, stated that it took time to review the “multiple” devices seized.