A number of luxury cars belonging to infamous influencer and former kickboxer Andrew Tate were seized and taken away by Romanian authorities from his home in the country, according to a report published by Reuters. The cars have reportedly been taken to a storage facility in Pipera, Ilfov in Romania.
Authorities have said that these cars were being seized as a part of their investigation into claims that Tate and his brother Tristan ran a sex trafficking racket and were holding women in their home against their will.
Two Romanian citizens were also arrested with the Tate brothers on December 29. They were initially detained for 24 hours while the police searched their house, but since then the term of detention was extended to 30 days.
Some of the luxury brands whose cars were taken away from Tate’s house include Rolls-Royce, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
This comes after properties in the counties of Bucharest, Ilfov, and Prahova were searched by Romania’s criminal agency as part of an investigation into allegations of rape and people trafficking against the 36-year-old British-American citizen.
Tate, his brother Tristan, and two Romanian women were all taken into custody on December 29 in Bucharest.
On January 10, a judge’s decision to extend their detention from 24 hours to 30 days was affirmed by the court. All charges have been refuted by them.
Tate became well-known in 2016 after being taken off the reality TV programme Big Brother due to a video that seemed to show him slapping a woman with a belt.
He used to be the world champion in kickboxing, and he now has millions of fans on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok.
The 35-year-old is not a fringe personality lurking in a dark web corner. Instead, he is one of the most well-known figures on TikTok, where his videos have been viewed 11.6 billion times.
Tate, a self-help guru who offers his mostly male fans a recipe for making money, getting girls, and “escaping the matrix,” has gone from near obscurity to one of the world’s most talked about people in a matter of months. There were more Google searches for his name in July than for Donald Trump or Kim Kardashian.