In a statement by the Romanian Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism, the agency claimed that the Tates and their associates formed a criminal group in 2021 “in order to commit the crime of human trafficking” in Romania as well as the United States and Britain. Adding that they misled seven victims and transported them to Romania where they were sexually exploited and subjected to physical violence by the gang.
Prosecutors ordered the confiscation of the Tate brothers’ assets, including 15 luxury cars, luxury watches and about $3 million in cryptocurrency, the agency’s statement said.
However, Tate, through his spokesman, rejected all the allegations against him saying he and his brother were ready to “demonstrate their innocence and vindicate their reputation.”
“Tate’s legal team are prepared to cooperate fully with the appropriate authorities, presenting all necessary evidence to exonerate the brothers and expose any misinterpretations or false accusations,” his spokesman Mateea Petrescu added.
Tate and his brother are expected to attend a hearing in Bucharest on Wednesday morning.
Under Romanian law, a judge has up to 60 days to assess the files in the case before defendants are sent to trial.
36 year old Tate and his brother Tristan who are both dual British-U.S. citizens were detained late December in Bucharest. However, they later won an appeal to be moved from police custody to house arrest.
At the time Tate had risen to social media stardom amassing over 6 million followers on Twitter and many more on other platforms.
However, some on social media viewed him as a highly divisive and misogynistic figure who spreads his “toxic” views to teens and young adults. This earned him a ban on most platforms including TikTok, YouTube and Facebook.
He returned to Twitter last year after the platform’s new CEO, Elon Musk, reinstated Tate’s account.