Authorities in Romania began seizing high-end vehicles from a residence near the capital on Saturday as part of a criminal investigation into alleged people trafficking that resulted in the detention of contentious online personality Andrew Tate.
On December 29, Romanian anti-organized crime authorities arrested Tate, his brother Tristan, and two Romanian female suspects on suspicion of setting up a group to rape six women. They’ve refuted any misconduct.
A Reuters reporter saw several cars, including a Rolls-Royce, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, being taken from the Tate compound on the outskirts of the capital, Bucharest, to be transported to a storage location.
Earlier this week, prosecutors told Reuters they had seized 15 luxury vehicles and more than 10 properties and homes belonging to the suspects in Bucharest and the counties of Prahova and Brasov to prevent the assets being sold or hidden.
Tate’s lawyer was not immediately available for comment.
The four suspects challenged their 30-day arrest warrant earlier this week, but the Bucharest court of appeals rejected the challenge and said they should remain in police custody.
Tate, a former contestant on the UK reality show Big Brother, gained notoriety for misogynistic remarks and hate speech.
His remarks got him banned from all major social media platforms, although his Twitter account became active again in November after Elon Musk acquired the platform.
Tate, who holds U.S. and British nationality, has said women are partially responsible for being raped and that they belong to men.