Andrew Tate once called his sexually explicit webcam business a “total scam” and bragged on his website that he lured women into falling in love with him. The 36-year-old influencer also bragged on a podcast that he broke a woman’s jaw during a bar fight and “ran away”.
These are just some of the details found in an NBC News review of Tate’s media appearances, website recordings and archives of his Instagram and YouTube accounts following his December arrest in Bucharest, Romania, where he lives.
Romanian authorities arrested him, his brother and two women on suspicion of human trafficking, rape and forming an organized criminal group, according to Reuters. Tate has denied the allegations and all four have challenged their continued detention.
Tate remains in custody after a Romanian court last week rejected his appeal of a judge’s decision to detain him for 30 days, citing the “possibility that they were evading investigations”, according to the Associated Press.
The British-American internet personality, most recently known for making misogynistic statements online to her millions of followers, has documented numerous details of the webcam sex trade at the center of the Romanian allegations.
He has detailed in public how his business works and how he has involved women in it. Much of the material posted on several of his now-suspended social media accounts has been reposted online by fan accounts and critics.
Tate, a former kickboxer turned self-proclaimed “success coach,” gained international attention last year for his polarizing rants about women and modern masculinity. His violent and often misogynistic rhetoric drew widespread criticism online, and in August 2022 Tate was banned from Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and YouTube for violating the platforms’ Community Guidelines. Although Twitter permanently suspended his account in 2017 after he tweeted that women should “take some responsibility” for being sexually assaulted, the site reinstated his account late last year. Tate has pushed back against his critics in previous statements to NBC News, saying he was simply playing an “online character.”
Tate moved to Romania in 2017, he said on an episode of The Fellas, a comedy podcast.
In April last year, Tate was first arrested by Romanian authorities who said the United States Embassy informed them that an American woman, then 21, had said that it was owned by the Tate brothers. She declined to comment to NBC News through a representative. After entering Tate’s residence that month, authorities said they discovered another Romanian woman who said she was also being held captive. Authorities said their investigation later expanded to include suspicions of human trafficking and rape.
In late December, police arrested Tate and the other defendants after a month-long investigation. Romanian authorities said six people were identified as “sexually exploited” by the group of accused persons, and that “one injured person was coerced, on two occasions, by a suspect through the exercise of physical violence and pressure psychological to have sex. Authorities did not specify which suspect they were referring to.
According to Romanian authorities, the webcam business that Tate ran and spoke about openly is at the heart of these accusations.
In podcast appearances, interviews and social media posts since 2021, Tate has said he employs women to make money for him by performing in webcam pornography, controls their behavior and evades control. law enforcement. He also announced sold content to teach people how they can replicate his business model.
Tate and her brother told the Mirror in a June 2022 interview that they ran a “total scam” business in Romania that used cam models to trick men into sending them money.
Some of the Romanian authorities’ allegations echo what Andrew Tate has said publicly about his webcam activity.
According to Romanian authorities, the Tate brothers recruited women “by misrepresenting their intention to enter into a marriage/cohabitation relationship and the existence of genuine feelings of love (the loverboy method)”.
In an interview with the Fresh&Fit podcast in December, Tate said he started his webcam sex business seven years ago when he was “broke”. Tate said he texted his five girlfriends at the time, who he said did not know each other, and asked them to come live and work with him in Bedfordshire, England.
“I’ll take care of you, and we’ll get rich,” Tate recalled.
On a since-deleted page on Tate’s website advertising what he called the “Ph.D. program,” he openly described the romantic manipulation of women to further his business.
“My job was to make women fall in love with me. Literally, that was my job,” the website said. “My job was to meet a girl, go on a few dates, sleep with her , test if she’s quality, make her fall in love with me until she does everything I say, then put her on webcam so we could get rich together.
“I had over 75 girls working for me,” the deleted page read. “Over 50% of my employees were actually my girlfriend at the time.”
On the Fresh&Fit podcast episode, Tate described withholding a month’s pay from her “highest earning daughter” as punishment for getting drunk and throwing up in her bed.
Tate said the woman “went to the police” and accused Tate of assaulting her after he refused to pay her.
He says he was arrested in 2015 in the UK for “suspicion of assault” on the woman. Although he said “the case was dropped”, a police raid on his phones and laptops led to “new charges” against him. He did not reveal what the new charges were.
Earlier this month, Vice reported that Tate was arrested in 2015 in the UK on suspicion of sexual assault and physical abuse, citing statements from UK authorities and Tate himself. Vice also interviewed two unnamed women who said they reported Tate to the police, one for rape and both for abuse. Tate denied those allegations through a rep, according to Vice. NBC News has not verified these women’s claims.
The Crown Prosecution Service declined to prosecute Tate after police took four years to hand over the case, Vice reported. In a statement, police said an apology had been issued to both women for the delays that led to the case being closed in 2019.
In another archived YouTube video that was posted on his channel, Tate bragged about creating restrictions and rules for the women who worked for him.
“I’m everywhere, so I end up with all these chicks stuck in a house sitting there bored, completely in love with me,” Tate said in the clip, which has resurfaced online following his latest arrest. . “And of course they don’t come out. They are not allowed to go out… You stay in the house. You’re not going anywhere. No restaurants, no clubs, nothing.
Romanian authorities have stated that women recruited by Tate’s organization have been transported and housed in Romania, where “by exercising acts of physical violence and mental coercion (through intimidation, constant surveillance, control and ‘invocation of alleged debts)’, they were allegedly forced to perform during Tate’s webcam sex trade.
Tate said he had brought in women from other countries to join his webcam operations in the UK and Romania.
In a video Tate sold as part of his pay-to-play “Hustlers University” series, which he advertised as an educational course for subscribers to replicate his webcam sex ventures, he said women were flying in to him from countries like Slovakia and France.
“They were all from different places around the world,” Tate said of the women he recruited. “I flew them all in, I sat them all together.”
As well as moving from the UK to Romania to conduct business, Tate said he evaded past accusations of rape and physical abuse and punished the women for accusing him of misconduct.
Tate has stated in several interviews that he has been violent towards women. During another episode of The Pomp Podcast taped in 2021, he said he punched a woman and broke her jaw during a bar fight. Tate said he “went to court” after being charged with causing “bodily harm” but “went out of it in the end”. He said he was found innocent. NBC News has not verified details of the encounter.
He told Fresh&Fit that this incident motivated him to move to Romania. In a YouTube video from Tate’s channel, which was banned in August 2022 for violating YouTube’s hate speech policy and community guidelines, Tate said he left the UK to Romania because the country was less likely to report rape.
“I’m not a rapist but I like the idea of being able to do whatever I want,” Tate said in a video deleted since.