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What we know about the Andrew Tate sexual offences allegations

Tate, and his brother Tristan, are set to be extradited to the UK from Romania.

A police officer escorts Andrew Tate, center, handcuffed, from the Court of Appeal in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, March 12, 2024. Online influencer Andrew Tate was detained in Romania and handed an arrest warrant issued by British authorities, his spokesperson said Tuesday. (AP Photo/ Alexandru Dobre)
Andrew Tate leaves the Court of Appeal in Bucharest, Romania, escorted by a police officer. (AP)

Andrew Tate will be extradited to the UK after a British police force secured a European arrest warrant for allegations of rape and human trafficking.

The pair were detained on Monday evening on arrest warrants over alleged sexual offences in the UK.

Tate, and his brother Tristan, will be extradited after Romanian trial proceedings over a separate allegations of human trafficking are over following a hearing at the court of appeal in Bucharest, their spokeswoman said.

Speaking to reporters outside court following the ruling, Andrew Tate told reporters he and his brother are “very innocent men”.

Police officers escort Andrew Tate, center, handcuffed, next to his brother Tristan to the Court of Appeal in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, March 12, 2024. Online influencer Andrew Tate was detained in Romania and handed an arrest warrant issued by British authorities, his spokesperson said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
Police officers escort Andrew Tate, top, and his brother Tristan, centre, to the Court of Appeal in Bucharest, Romania. (AP Photo)

He said: “I want to give absolute credit to Romanian justice for making the correct decision today.

“Unfortunately I don’t think many people in Romania understand, but in the West, in the countries that are owned by the satanists, when you get to a certain level of fame you either put on a dress or you go to jail and I’m happy to make my choice which is jail every single time, my soul is not for sale neither are my principles."

“We’re very innocent men and in time everybody’s going to see that. We are excited to finish this judicial process and clear our names.” The pair were released from police custody following the hearing, their representative said.

Yahoo News UK examines the allegations against Andrew Tate in the UK and in Romania.

What is Andrew Tate accused of in the UK?

Bedfordshire Police said they are working with authorities in Romania as part of an investigation into the 37-year-old Andrew Tate and his 35-year-old brother Tristan.

In a statement, Bedfordshire Police said: “As part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of rape and human trafficking, Bedfordshire Police has obtained a European arrest warrant for two men in their 30s.

"We are working with authorities in Romania as part of this investigation and will provide an update in due course.

"We understand this is a distressing subject, and people may be impacted by what they are seeing in the news. Bedfordshire Police takes all reports of sexual offences seriously, and further support is available via our website or by calling 101.

"Anyone with information about this specific investigation should call 101, and quote Operation Moonwalk."

FILE - Andrew Tate, right, and his brother Tristan leave the tribunal in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024. Online influencer Andrew Tate was detained in Romania and handed an arrest warrant issued by British authorities, his spokesperson said Tuesday, March 12. Tate, 37, and his brother Tristan Tate were detained Monday evening on allegations of sexual aggression in a U.K. case dating back to 2012-2015, spokesperson Mateea Petrescu said. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
Andrew Tate, right, and his brother Tristan, left, face a number of allegations in Romania. (AP Photo)

Meanwhile, plans to launch a civil case involving four women who accused Andrew Tate of rape and sexual assault in the UK between 2012 and 2015 are ongoing.

Lawyers representing four women who accuse Tate of rape and sexual assault said they wrote to UK police to request his detention over fears he would flee Romania.

They said the four British accusers were the subject of an investigation by Hertfordshire Constabulary. The Hertfordshire investigation was closed in 2019.

This followed a decision in 2019 by the Crown Prosecution Service not to take a case against Tate over allegations of sexual violence and physical abuse following a four-year investigation by Hertfordshire Constabulary.

The law firm said: "Last week, we received information that Tate might have been planning to flee Romania, where he is due to stand trial for separate allegations of rape and human trafficking.

“We wrote to the British police to bring this to their attention and to urge them to immediately seek a warrant for Tate’s detention in Romania and extradition to the UK.”

Watch: Lawyers for Andrew Tate’s accusers write to UK police over Romania escape fears

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Tates’ representative said: “This bewildering revival of decade-old accusations has left the Tate brothers dismayed and deeply troubled.

“They categorically reject all charges and express profound disappointment that such serious allegations are being resurrected without substantial new evidence."

What other charges is Andrew Tate facing in Romania?

The Tate brothers are charged with rape, human trafficking and forming a criminal gang to sexually exploit women in a separate case in Romania after being arrested in the country’s capital in December 2022 alongside two Romanian women.

All four deny the allegations.

The suspects were held in police custody from December 2022 until March 2023, when they were put under house arrest. They were released from house arrest in August.

In January of this year, Tate lost an appeal against a ruling which prevents him from leaving Romania. The case is still in its preliminary stages and no trial date has been set.

Who is Andrew Tate?

Influencer and former kickboxer Tate is a self-described misogynist who has previously been banned from social media platforms for expressing his misogynistic views and hate speech.

Tate, whose full name is Emory Andrew Tate III, currently has 8.9 million followers on X, formerly Twitter.

He was born in Chicago, Illinois, in December 1986 and raised in Luton – he is a dual UK/US national.

Tate's rise to fame began when he was removed from the TV show Big Brother in 2016 after a video emerged that appeared to show him attacking a woman. He said the video was "a total lie trying to make me look bad".

Andrew Tate, left, and his brother Tristan, right, wait inside the Court of Appeals building in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Andrew Tate, left, and his brother Tristan, right. (AP Photo)

Tate's social media accounts featured numerous videos of him showing off his sports cars, private jets and yachts.

In an interview with a YouTuber, he said the was "absolutely a misogynist", adding: "I'm a realist and when you're a realist, you're sexist."

He has previously been banned from YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter, for which he was ejected for saying women should "bear responsibility" for being sexually assaulted. He was since reinstated.

Who is Tristan Tate?

Tristan Tate, also a dual UK/US nation, works alongside his brother, with whom he has run webcam websites where female models in lingerie take calls from paying customers.

In an interview with the Sunday Mirror in March 2022, Tristan said the business was "all a big scam".

A police officer escorts Tristan Tate into a police van outside the Court of Appeal in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, March 12, 2024. Online influencer Andrew Tate was detained in Romania and handed an arrest warrant issued by British authorities, his spokesperson said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
Tristan Tate, the brother of Andrew Tate, is escorted into a police van outside the Court of Appeal in Bucharest, Romania. (AP Photo)

The pair have also sold online courses which have been accused of teaching violence against women.

In December 2022, he was arrested in Romania along with his brother and two women and charged with rape, human trafficking and sexually exploiting women.

He and his brother deny the charges.