Andrew Tate gave an interview to the BBC in which he denied promoting a culture of misogyny and defended his reputation. He also added that “he is a force for good” and that he “acts under God’s guidance to do good things.”
When the BBC presented him with a series of allegations, including specific allegations of rape, human trafficking and exploitation of women, for which he is being investigated by Romanian prosecutors, he rejected them.
Also, when asked if his controversial views on women are harming young people, the influencer claimed that he is a “force for good” and that he “acts under God’s guidance to do good things”.
This was Tate’s first televised interview with a major television station since he was released under house arrest from police custody in Romania in April.
Andrew Tate has rejected the testimony of women involved in the current investigation who accused him of rape and sexual exploitation
He rejected the testimony of women involved in the current investigation who accused him of rape and sexual exploitation, and described another woman, interviewed anonymously by the BBC earlier this year, as “imaginary”, even adding that she was made up by the BBC.
The woman in question, who has been given the pseudonym Sophie to protect her identity, told BBC Radio 4’s File on Four that she came with Andrew Tate to Romania thinking he was in love with her. There, she was forced to tattoo his name on her body.
When asked about Sophie’s testimony, Tate told the BBC: “I’m doing you a favor by giving you relevance by talking to you. And I’m telling you now, this Sophie, which the BBC invented, who has no face. Nobody knows who he is. I know.”
Sophie is now helping the Romanian prosecutors in the investigation.
Asked about the claims by the chief executive of Rape Crisis England and Wales, which said it was “deeply concerned about the dangerous ideology of misogynistic culture that the Tate is spreading”, he replied that “these allegations are rubbish”.
When asked about organizations accusing him of increasing incidents of girls being attacked and female teachers being harassed, he said: “I have never, ever, encouraged a student to attack a teacher, male or female, never . I am against every problem in modern society.”
He also suggested that some of his comments were taken out of context and that some were said as a joke, including a discussion where he said a woman’s private parts belonged to her male partner.
“I don’t know if you understand what sarcasm is. I don’t know if you understand what the context is. I don’t know if you understand satirical content,” Tate added.
He also denied admitting to emotionally manipulating women, despite comments made in an earlier version of his Hustlers University online coaching course.
“I am truly a force for good in the world. You may not understand this yet, but you will eventually. And I truly believe that I am acting under God’s guidance to do good things and I want to make the world a better place,” he added.
The Bucharest Court of Appeal decided that brothers Andrew and Tristan Tate remain under house arrest
On Wednesday, the Bucharest Court of Appeal decided that brothers Andrew and Tristan Tate remain under house arrest, the decision being final.
The Tate brothers were detained and subsequently arrested, after five searches took place on December 29, 2022, in Bucharest and Ilfov County, at the homes owned by them, as well as by their two accomplices. Later, at the beginning of January, seven other searches took place in Bucharest, Ilfov and Prahova in the case in which they are being investigated.
“In fact, the four suspected persons (two British citizens and two Romanian citizens) would have constituted an organized criminal group, for the purpose of recruitment, accommodation and exploitation, by forcing some women to create materials with pornographic content, intended for distribution on the website profiles. From these activities, he would have obtained important sums of money. The injured persons would have been recruited by British citizens by misleading them about the intention to establish a marriage/cohabitation relationship and the existence of real feelings of love (the loverboy method). They would have been later transported and housed in buildings in Ilfov County, where, by exercising acts of physical violence and mental coercion (through intimidation, constant surveillance, control and invoking alleged debts), they would have been sexually exploited by the members of the group through obliging to pornographic manifestations with a view to the production and dissemination through social media platforms of material, having such a character and by submitting to the execution of a work, in a forced manner, in order to obtain significant financial benefits, consisting of the sums of money obtained as as a result of accessing the materials by the users”, stated the IGPR.
Six injured persons who were sexually exploited by the organized criminal group have been identified.
“Regarding the crime of rape, it was noted that, in March 2022, an injured person was allegedly forced, on two different occasions, by a person through the exercise of physical violence and psychological pressure to have sexual relations. 11 luxury cars were discovered, owned or used by the suspected persons. The four suspected persons were detained, later being remanded in custody”, mentioned the cited source.
Editor: Bianca Chirilă