Andrew Tate house arrest extended following rape and human trafficking charges
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Andrew Tate will remain under house arrest in Romania for another 30 days from the end of this month, a court in Bucharest has ruled today (Friday, 23 June).
The controversial internet personality was charged with rape, human trafficking and forming organised crime group to sexually exploit women earlier this week, with officials saying Romanian prosecutors were sending Tate to trial alongside his brother, Tristan, and two other suspects.
All four suspects have been charged with human trafficking offences and of constituting an organised crime group.
Tate has also been charged with raping one of the victims, while Tristan has been charged with instigating others to violence.
Responding to the news that his house arrest had been extended, the 36-year-old said he has 'not been free' since December 2022.
He wrote on Twitter: "After 176 days of imprisonment, both in the dungeron and in my home - the legal limit of holding a man without charge expired.
"They instantly charged me - and asked the judge to extend house arrest.
"The judge has agreed this morning.
"I remain locked in my house.
"I have not been free since December of last year."
All four suspects - who deny the allegations - remain under house arrest while an investigation into accusations made by seven women are investigated.
Tate and his brother were first arrested at their home in Bucharest, Romania, on 29 December and they remained in custody until 31 March, after which they were placed under house arrest.
At the initial time of arrest, DIICOT said the six victims they had initially identified had been subjected to 'acts of physical violence and mental coercion' by the alleged crime group.
The indictment deposited with the Bucharest court now names seven alleged victims who claim they were recruited by the Tate brothers through false promises of love and marriage.
Earlier this month, Romanian prosecutors announced they had changed the charge of human trafficking.
On 13 June, prosecutors said that Tate, his brother and two other suspects were now being investigated for human trafficking in continued form.
They said it was a more serious crime than the separate counts of trafficking that officials had previously been investigating.
Legal representatives for Andrew and Tristan Tate said that the change to the charges was in their 'legal interest'.
They added: "The legal framework has been revised and altered to ensure an impartial investigation is upheld."
Tate is an infamous social media influencer who has gained notoriety for posting content containing controversial and, at times, misogynistic views.
Past clips from Tate have seen him say he believes women are the 'property' of men and likening being in a relationship with a woman to 'training a dog'.