Andrew Tate, a social media celebrity and influencer, is being sued by three women for alleged rape and abuse.
They claim they were subject to psychological and physical injuries that have prevented them from working or leading a normal lifestyle for many years.
Eight years ago, the women made their first complaint to officers. However, they claim that detectives failed to properly investigate the allegations before dropping the case.
Sky News was told by one: “To have witnessed Andrew Tate’s rise in popularity, influence, and while knowing who and what he is, has been extremely difficult.
“We will prove in court Andrew is abusive, coercive, and controlling. His public statements about women are fantasy.”
These women were in their 20s or 30s when they worked as webcam models in Luton. They claim that they were abused and poorly compensated and were threatened with stopping them from going to the police.
Tate denied the accusations and stated through his legal team that they “wanted to pay money because I fired them.”
Matt Jury, the women’s lawyer, stated that “Their allegations include: rape and sexual assaults, including holding weapons to women’s heads, strangulations with belts, and allegations of the most horrible behaviour towards women.”
Hertfordshire police started investigating the women’s claims in 2015 and arrested Tate on suspicion of raping and assaulting two women.
Four years later, the case was closed without any further action. The force apologized for any delays in the investigation.
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Jury stated that “When they went before the police, their allegations were not taken seriously and the police didn’t take any effective action.” There was evidence.
“We are aware of the evidence provided. It should have been sufficient for proper criminal intent investigation. We believe that charges should be brought.
“If these charges had been brought against him, and he was arrested in England, then maybe he wouldn’t have fled to Romania, where he is accused of further horrible crimes against women.”
Tate, 36, is a British-US citizen who has six million Twitter followers. Tate is currently under house arrest at home in Romania, where police are investigating possible human trafficking, sexual exploitation and rape.
Tristan, his brother, and two Romanian women are also being accused. They deny all the allegations.
They hope to raise funds through crowdfunding to begin their UK civil damages claim.
Another victim claimed that she was also affected by the mental manipulations and physical abuses she suffered every day.
“I suffer from depression, anxiety, stress, and have been diagnosed as having PTSD.
“This has taken a tremendous toll on my life, it’s affected all aspects of my life, my work, mental health, and my family.
“Seeing Andrew explode on social media was an incredible shock to the system. He had been away from the UK for many years and I didn’t think I would ever see him again.
Andrew Tate’s spokesperson said that he strongly denied UK allegations. He also criticised women and their lawyers who alerted them via the media and through crowdfunding.
He stated that the women in the potential case proved beyond reasonable doubt that they were not seeking justice or accountability, but publicity and financial compensation.
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A spokesperson said that while abuse of any type is a serious issue with long-term consequences, it was worth investigating the time and methods used by the victims, as well the motivation behind their actions.
“Andrew and his brother were released from prison recently and have not been charged with any crime. Criminal courts in the UK have dismissed previous attempts to accuse Andrew for similar fabricated crimes.
“Andrew Tate’s team is determined to clean his name and restore his image and will immediately take decisive legal action against defamation and slander.
According to the Crown Prosecution Service, it has reviewed all evidence submitted by Hertfordshire police during its investigation in 2019, and concluded that there was no real prospect of conviction.
Hertfordshire Police stated that officers from the team involved in this case were available to meet the women concerned to discuss their concerns and the investigation.
Sky News has requested a direct response from Andrew Tate to these allegations, but has not received a reply.