Romanian police have seized 11 luxury vehicles worth millions of dollars from social media influencer Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan amid allegations that they imprisoned and abused a half- dozen women.
Sports cars taken from Tate’s Bucharest property included the $2.9 million Bugatti Chiron that Tate used to taunt 20-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg shortly before her arrest.
The stable of seized cars also included two Ferraris and a Porsche, as well as a Rolls-Royce Wraith and an Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate, Romanian media Spy News and Gândul reported on Tuesday and Insider confirmed on Wednesday.
The seizure came after the Tate brothers and two Romanian women were arrested on December 29 for allegedly keeping six women as “virtual prisoners” and forcing them to have sex on camera for subscribers to ” Tate’s Hustler University.
Andrew, 36, a former kickboxing world champion and ‘Big Brother’ competitor, has flaunted his lavish lifestyle and misogynistic beliefs as well as pornographic content from women who were allegedly under house arrest on social media to millions of fans and subscribers who had admired dubbed him the “King of Toxic Masculinity”.
The American British media personality – who allegedly claimed women were the ‘property’ of men and moved to Romania amid a sex abuse investigation because he thought it would be easier to escape the rape charges – was accused of being part of an “organized criminal group” that allegedly raped a woman last year, prosecutors said.
Co-defendants Georgiana Naghel, 28, and Luana Radu, 32, completed the alleged sex trafficking gang and were charged with helping to “coerce” and “control” the six women.
Naghel is said to be Andrew’s girlfriend, and Radu is a former Bucharest cop turned porn star, according to The Times of London. The women have been dubbed “Tate’s Angels” by Romanian and international media.
The stable of luxury cars seized by Andrew were being held by authorities to ‘support the cost of the investigation’ and the assets could be given as damages to abuse accusers if the suspects are found guilty, a source told Insider the spokeswoman for the Romanian DIICOT investigative agency, Ramona Bolla.
One of the vehicles in question – the $300,000 Rolls-Royce Wraith – was apparently bought in London on a whim by Andrew and Tristan, 34, over the summer, according to a YouTube clip where they documented the purchase and made fun of “f—ing losers.” who couldn’t afford such an extravagant impulse buy.
Many of the other vehicles seized were also worth six figures. A Vanquish S sells for just under $300,000 and a Porsche Carrera 4s from $130,000. Several smaller vehicles were also reportedly confiscated, including a Soviet-era BMW X6 and Lada 1500.
Tate’s arrest came after an online exchange with Thunberg late last month. After Tate tagged her in a Twitter post where he boasted of having 33 cars with ‘huge emissions’, she hinted he was overcompensating for having a small penis, prompting him to share a video in which he displayed pizza boxes from a Romanian restaurant which he had promised would not be recycled.
Tate and his alleged cronies were arrested in a raid soon after, prompting the activist to post, “Here’s what happens when you don’t recycle your pizza boxes.”
Reports that the Twitter row had in fact led authorities to Tate’s whereabouts were refuted by Bolla, who last week said the coincidence was “funny, but no”, alluding to the fact that the suspect had been sharing clues about his Romanian location online for months.
The alleged human traffickers were first held in jail for just 24 hours. A court-ordered 30-day extension of imprisonment while police investigate was on appeal.
Andrew’s Twitter account had been active the day after the arrest, and the cigar-smoking playboy had tried to frame the investigation as a conspiracy, telling his followers, “The Matrix sent in their agents.”
Tate had been banned from Twitter for claiming that rape victims “bear some responsibility” for their attacks. He was reinstated after Elon Musk bought the social network.
With post wires