Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Court Says Social Media Influencer Andrew Tate Can Leave Romania but Remain in EU as He Awaits Trial
gvw_ap_news
By Associated Press
Published 2 weeks ago on
July 7, 2024

In a recent ruling, a Romanian court has permitted social media influencer Andrew Tate to leave Romania, but remain within the EU, as he awaits trial on serious charges. (AP File)

Share

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

BUCHAREST, Romania — A court in Romania’s capital ruled Friday that social media influencer Andrew Tate can leave Romania but must remain within the European Union as he awaits trial on charges of human trafficking, rape and forming a criminal gang to sexually exploit women.

The Bucharest Tribunal’s decision to allow Tate, 37, to leave the country was hailed by his spokesperson, Mateea Petrescu, as a “significant victory and a major step forward” in the case. It is not clear whether prosecutors can or will appeal the court’s decision.

Tate, a former professional kickboxer and dual British U.S. citizen, was initially arrested in December 2022 near Bucharest along with his brother Tristan and two Romanian women. Romanian prosecutors formally indicted all four in June last year and all four have denied the allegations.

After Friday’s decision, Tate wrote on the social media platform X: “I AM FREE. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 3 YEARS I CAN LEAVE ROMANIA. THE SHAM CASE IS FALLING APART.”

Legal Proceedings and Restrictions

“We embrace and applaud the decision of the court today, I consider it a reflection of the exemplary behavior and assistance of my clients,” said Eugen Vidineac, one of Tate’s lawyers, adding that the Tates are “still determined to clear their name and reputation.”

On April 26, the Bucharest Tribunal ruled that the prosecutors’ case file against Tate met the legal criteria and that a trial could start but did not set a date for it to begin. That ruling came after the legal case had been discussed for months in the preliminary chamber stages, a process in which the defendants can challenge prosecutors’ evidence and case file.

After the Tate brothers’ arrest, they were held for three months in police detention before being moved to house arrest. They were later restricted to Bucharest municipality and nearby Ilfov county, and then to Romania.

Vidineac said the ability to travel within the 27-nation EU bloc will allow the Tates to “pursue professional opportunities without restriction.”

Additional Allegations and Cases

Andrew Tate, who has amassed 9.5 million followers on the social media platform X, has repeatedly claimed that prosecutors have no evidence against him and that there is a political conspiracy to silence him. He was previously banned from various social media platforms for allegedly expressing misogynistic views and using hate speech.

In a separate case, Andrew Tate was served at his home in Romania with a civil lawsuit lodged by four British women after a claim was issued by the High Court in London, according to a statement released in May by McCue Jury & Partners, the law firm representing the four women.

The four allege Tate sexually and physically assaulted them and reported him to British authorities in 2014 and 2015. After a four-year investigation, the Crown Prosecution Service decided in 2019 not to prosecute him. The alleged victims then turned to crowdfunding to pursue a civil case against him.

In a separate third case, the Tate brothers also appeared in March at the Bucharest Court of Appeal after British authorities issued arrest warrants over allegations of sexual aggression in a U.K. case dating back to 2012-2015.

The appeals court granted the British request to extradite the Tates to the U.K., but only after legal proceedings in Romania have concluded.

 

RELATED TOPICS:

DON'T MISS

Weekend Entertainment Scene Offers Something for Just About Everyone

DON'T MISS

Majority of Americans, Including Republicans, Back Biden’s Supreme Court Term Limit Plan

DON'T MISS

Gambling Interests Gave $1M to California Lawmakers. Did It Influence Their Votes?

DON'T MISS

Fresno Police Arrest Suspect in 2023 Shooting Death

DON'T MISS

Stegosaurus Fossil Fetches Nearly $45M, Setting Record for Dinosaur Auctions

DON'T MISS

Wired Wednesday: The Battle Over South Fresno Industrial Growth

DON'T MISS

President Joe Biden Tests Positive for COVID-19 While Campaigning in Las Vegas

DON'T MISS

Trump Credits Chart for Saving His Life, His Former White House Doctor Says

DON'T MISS

Is the Food Safe at Fresno County Restaurants? Grand Jury Says Diners Face Significant Risks

DON'T MISS

How a Kentucky Coal Miner’s Move to California Led to Bob Graham’s Gleaming ’55 Chevy

UP NEXT

Majority of Americans, Including Republicans, Back Biden’s Supreme Court Term Limit Plan

UP NEXT

Gambling Interests Gave $1M to California Lawmakers. Did It Influence Their Votes?

UP NEXT

Fresno Police Arrest Suspect in 2023 Shooting Death

UP NEXT

Stegosaurus Fossil Fetches Nearly $45M, Setting Record for Dinosaur Auctions

UP NEXT

Wired Wednesday: The Battle Over South Fresno Industrial Growth

UP NEXT

President Joe Biden Tests Positive for COVID-19 While Campaigning in Las Vegas

UP NEXT

Trump Credits Chart for Saving His Life, His Former White House Doctor Says

UP NEXT

Is the Food Safe at Fresno County Restaurants? Grand Jury Says Diners Face Significant Risks

UP NEXT

How a Kentucky Coal Miner’s Move to California Led to Bob Graham’s Gleaming ’55 Chevy

UP NEXT

Stacks of Lies and Fake Documents: Prosecutors Detail the Fraud Hatched by Bitwise’s Guilty CEOs

Fresno Police Arrest Suspect in 2023 Shooting Death

14 hours ago

Stegosaurus Fossil Fetches Nearly $45M, Setting Record for Dinosaur Auctions

14 hours ago

Wired Wednesday: The Battle Over South Fresno Industrial Growth

15 hours ago

President Joe Biden Tests Positive for COVID-19 While Campaigning in Las Vegas

15 hours ago

Trump Credits Chart for Saving His Life, His Former White House Doctor Says

16 hours ago

Is the Food Safe at Fresno County Restaurants? Grand Jury Says Diners Face Significant Risks

16 hours ago

How a Kentucky Coal Miner’s Move to California Led to Bob Graham’s Gleaming ’55 Chevy

18 hours ago

Stacks of Lies and Fake Documents: Prosecutors Detail the Fraud Hatched by Bitwise’s Guilty CEOs

18 hours ago

House Oversight Panel Subpoenas Secret Service Director to Testify on Trump Assassination Attempt

19 hours ago

‘Shogun’ Leads All Emmy Nominees With 25 and ‘The Bear’ Sets Comedy Series Record With 23

19 hours ago

Weekend Entertainment Scene Offers Something for Just About Everyone

Hard-driving rock ‘n’ roll or getting pumped up for the 2024 Fresno State football season? That’s among the many Fresno en...

51 mins ago

51 mins ago

Weekend Entertainment Scene Offers Something for Just About Everyone

1 hour ago

Majority of Americans, Including Republicans, Back Biden’s Supreme Court Term Limit Plan

14 hours ago

Gambling Interests Gave $1M to California Lawmakers. Did It Influence Their Votes?

14 hours ago

Fresno Police Arrest Suspect in 2023 Shooting Death

14 hours ago

Stegosaurus Fossil Fetches Nearly $45M, Setting Record for Dinosaur Auctions

15 hours ago

Wired Wednesday: The Battle Over South Fresno Industrial Growth

15 hours ago

President Joe Biden Tests Positive for COVID-19 While Campaigning in Las Vegas

16 hours ago

Trump Credits Chart for Saving His Life, His Former White House Doctor Says

MENU

CONNECT WITH US

Search

Send this to a friend