According to multiple media reports, Andrew Tate and his brother were charged with rape and human trafficking on Tuesday in Romania, where both will stand trial.
The right-wing former kickboxer and influencer was arrested in December and has been under house arrest in Bucharest ever since. Tate was charged on Tuesday with “forming an organized crime group for the sexual exploitation of women,” the BBC and Guardian reported, citing an indictment that names Tate and three other people.
The indictment states that the defendants are involved in human trafficking in Romania, the United States and the United Kingdom. The Romanian authorities only last week sent the accused papers detailing the aggravated charges. CNN reported. They are accused of recruiting women through social media and then exploiting them to create adult content that is circulated online.
The charges include offenses against seven women, The Guardian reported on Tuesday. Tate and his brother Tristan have denied any wrongdoing. A US-based lawyer for the brothers could not be reached immediately.
Tate rose to internet fame after the former professional mixed martial artist guest-starred on the UK version of Big Brother in 2016. Comments and videos he had previously posted on Twitter resulted in his being kicked off the show, but by that point he had already established his brand — as a misogynistic, money-obsessed man of manhood, a personality he’s dated successfully peddled his arrest.