Online personality Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan were detained by Romanian law enforcement on Thursday on suspicion of rape, human trafficking, and organized crime.
According to Reuters, investigators found six women who had allegedly been sexually exploited by the brothers and two other men.
The Tates were detained for an initial 24 hours alongside two Romanian suspects, and prosecutors from the anti-organized crime unit have requested that a Bucharest court extend their detention by 30 days.
Prosecutors stated that the group appeared to have “created an organized crime group with the purpose of recruiting, housing and exploiting women by forcing them to create pornographic content meant to be seen on specialized websites for a cost.”
The women were allegedly subjected to “physical violence and mental coercion” and were “sexually exploited by group members by forcing them to perform pornographic demonstrations … for the purpose of producing and disseminating through social media platforms,” according to the Daily Mail.
Police said that the Tates had formed an organized crime group and had “sexually exploited” women by “forcing them to perform pornographic demonstrations for the purpose of producing and disseminating through social media platforms.”
It has been suggested that police were tipped off about Tate’s presence in the country after he sent a video on Twitter to climate activist Greta Thunberg that contained pizza boxes from a restaurant in Romania.
In the video, Tate had taunted Thunberg by showing off his extensive car collection and asking for her email address to send a list of his cars and their emissions.
Thunberg responded in jest by inviting Tate to email her at a fictional address.
The Tates, who hold both British and American nationality, have been under criminal investigation since April, when they were accused of detaining two young women, one with American citizenship and one Romanian, inside their villa against their will.
They were questioned by police on April 11, but were released.
In April, Tate faced allegations of human trafficking in Romania, but he claimed that the accusations stemmed from a swatting incident in which authorities accused him and his brother of obtaining large sums of money with which they bought houses, luxury cars, and cryptocurrencies.
Andrew Tate, a former professional kickboxer and Big Brother contestant, has gained notoriety for making what some argue are misogynistic and hateful comments.
He’s been banned from several social media platforms, including Twitter, but his account was restored after the platform was taken over by Elon Musk.
Tate operates Hustler’s University, which claims to have over 160,000 subscribers who pay to learn about topics such as cryptocurrencies, investing, and business.
During the raid on the Tates’ properties, police recovered various weapons, including guns, a knuckle duster, a hatchet, and swords of varying lengths, as well as stacks of money.