Andrew Tate released from house arrest in Romania as he awaits a rape trial

Andrew Tate, the controversial social media personality accused of rape and human trafficking in Romania, was released from house arrest on Friday after more than seven months in custody.

Tate and his brother Tristan Tate, as well as two Romanian co-defendants who are also accused of running a human trafficking operation, must remain in the country and report regularly to a police station, according to a court order. They deny the charges.

According to the decision, the accused are not allowed to leave the area of ​​Bucharest and the surrounding Ilfov county without the prior consent of a judge. They are also prohibited from being near other defendants, witnesses or victims and their immediate families.

“This positive outcome gives us confidence that more favorable developments are on the horizon and truth is beginning to prevail,” Tate’s legal team said in a statement.

Tate, 36, and his 35-year-old brother were arrested in December and were held in preventive detention as the investigation continued over concerns they were a flight risk. They were moved to house arrest in March.

Romanian prosecutors indicted them and two of their Romanian associates in June and recommended the case for trial. They accuse the Tate brothers of luring women to Romania on the pretext of wanting to be in long-term relationships and then forcing them to produce online pornography. A self-proclaimed misogynist, Tate has built a cult following online and has more than 7.5 million Twitter followers.

The case against him was sparked last year when the US Embassy in Bucharest tipped off Romanian police that a 21-year-old US citizen was being held against her will at a property belonging to the Tates. Romanian prosecutors have seized millions of dollars in assets belonging to the Tates, including 15 pieces of real estate, 15 luxury cars, 14 watches, cryptocurrency and stocks.

“After an inditement (sic) based on nothing. The case was referred to a judge who found it weak and circumstantial,” Tate, a convert to Islam, tweeted after the announcement. “I have been released from house arrest, but must remain in Romania. Now. To the mosque. Alhamdulillah.”

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