Just hours after Andrew Tateit’s humiliating Twitter I had an argument with the climate activist Greta Thunbergthe controversial influencer was arrested by Romanian authorities for investigation of human trafficking and rape.
The 36-year-old former kickboxer, who gained notoriety for his misogynistic views, was arrested by Romanian police after they raided a villa where he was staying with his brother on Thursday.
There has been widespread speculation on social media that the arrest may never have happened had he not tweeted a video to mock Ms Thunberg.
RomaniaThe Organized Crime and Terrorism Investigation Directorate, which had been waiting nine months for the Tate brothers to return to Romania, mobilized forces and swooped on their villa after learning they were in the country through their social media posts, sources close to the investigation said. said a Romanian outlet a thought.
“Romanian authorities needed proof Andrew Tate was in the country so they reportedly used his social media posts,” civil rights lawyer Alejandra Caraballo tweeted, sharing a screenshot of Mr Tate’s front-page video day.
“His ridiculous video yesterday featured a pizza from a Romanian pizza chain, Jerry’s Pizza, confirming that he is in the country.”
However, in an interview with Washington Post, Ramona Bolla, a spokeswoman for the Organized Crime and Terrorism Investigation Directorate, denied that the pizza boxes in the Twitter video played a role in Mr Tate’s arrest, saying “it was a difficult job to gather all the evidence”.
It started after Mr Tate tried to poke fun at Ms Thunberg and tagged the climate activist on Twitter postasking for her email address so he could “send a complete list of my car collection and their respective massive feeds.”
The next day, the climate activist responded with her own tweet, replying: “Yes, please enlighten me. Email me at smalldi***[email protected]”
The exchange quickly went viral, with Ms Thunberg’s post garnering millions of likes and inspiring a number of trending topics.
Mr Tate hit back by sharing a video in response, telling Ms Thunberg, a Nobel Prize nominee and time person of the year to “get a life”.
In the video, Mr. Tate smokes a cigar in a bathrobe and an off-camera person hands him a bunch of pizza boxes from the Romanian pizza chain Jerry’s Pizza. He tried to joke about refusing to recycle the boxes to mock Ms Thunberg.
But Ms Thunberg had the last laugh, posting a tweet after Mr Tate’s arrest saying: “this is what happens when you don’t recycle your pizza boxes”.
The Tate brothers have been the subject of a criminal investigation since April. They were detained together with two Romanian suspects.
“The four suspects … appear to have formed an organized criminal group to recruit, house and exploit women by forcing them to create pornographic content intended to be viewed on specialist websites for a fee,” prosecutors said.
The former kickboxer gain a lot of male followers onlineand has been banned from various social media sites for his aggressive and often misogynistic views, including that women should “shut the hell up, have kids, sit at home, be quiet and make coffee”.
His Twitter account was reinstated along with Donald Trump and Kanye West after Elon Musk’s takeover.
In 2016, he was evicted from the reality TV show Big Brotherafter a video surfaced of him hitting a woman with a belt, and a second clip showed him telling the woman to count the bruises he left on her body.
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