Andrew Tate to contest European arrest warrant issued by UK, representative says

Social media influencer Andrew Tate has been detained in Romania after a European arrest warrant was issued by UK authorities, his representative has said.

Tate, 37, and his brother Tristan, 35, face charges dating back to 2012-2015, including using sexual aggression, a statement said.

The representative said the pair are due before the Bucharest Court of Appeal on Tuesday for a decision on whether the warrant should executed.

The Tate brothers are charged with rape, human trafficking and forming a criminal gang to sexually exploit women in a separate case in Romania after being arrested in the country’s capital in December 2022 alongside two Romanian women.

All four deny the allegations.

In a short statement issued on Tuesday, the Tates’ representative said: “This bewildering revival of decade-old accusations has left the Tate brothers dismayed and deeply troubled.

“They categorically reject all charges and express profound disappointment that such serious allegations are being resurrected without substantial new evidence.

“The Tate brothers assert that the timing and circumstances surrounding the reappearance of these allegations raise serious questions about the motives behind this legal action.

Andrew Tate, center, gestures as he arrives with his brother Tristan at the Bucharest Tribunal in February
Andrew Tate, center, gestures as he arrives with his brother Tristan at the Bucharest Tribunal in February (Vadim Ghirda/AP)

“The suggestion that Mr Tate’s rise to fame may have played a role in these developments adds another layer of distress and concern.”

The kickboxer’s representative said the pair “unequivocally deny all allegations”, and are “fully committed to challenging these accusations with unwavering determination and resolve”.

The statement added: “As the Bucharest Court of Appeal convenes today, the Tate brothers are still hopeful that the court will consider the broader implications of this case and its potential impact on justice and due process.

“They remain resolute in their pursuit of truth and justice, confident that the legal system will ultimately vindicate their innocence.”

The Tate brothers are due in court at 10.30am UK time, the representative added.