Controversial influencer Andrew Tate arrives at the Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) to attend a hearing on April 10, 2023. (Photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP via Getty Images) BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Divisive social media personality Andrew Tate and his brother, Tristan, have been charged with rape, human trafficking and forming a criminal gang to exploit women, prosecutors in Romania said Tuesday.Romania's anti-organized crime agency, DIICOT, said prosecutors filed the charges against the brothers, who are both British-U.S.
dual citizens, along with two Romanian women.In a statement, the agency said that the four defendants 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.
It alleged that seven female victims were misled and transported to Romania, where they were sexually exploited and subjected to physical violence by the gang.British-US former professional kickboxer and controversial influencer Andrew Tate (R) and his brother Tristan Tate (L) walk out of the central arrest centre of Bucharest police after three months of pre-trial detention, in Bucharest, on late March 31 The Tate brothers and the two Romanian suspects were detained in late December in Romania’s capital Bucharest.
The brothers won an appeal on March 31 to be moved from police custody to house arrest.RELATED: Andrew Tate released from Romanian jail, placed on house arrestTate, 36, is a professional kickboxer with millions of Twitter followers.