Andrew Tate: Romanian authorities seize luxury cars from influencer's villa in Voluntari

Romanian authorities have seized several luxury cars from influencer Andrew Tate's villa as part of a criminal inquiry into alleged human trafficking that led to his arrest.

The cars, which included a Rolls-Royce and a BMW, were taken from Tate's villa in Voluntari on the outskirts of Bucharest and transported by police to a secret warehouse.

The self-proclaimed misogynist was arrested in the capital on 29 December, on charges of being part of an organised crime group, human trafficking and rape.

His brother Tristan and two Romanian women were also arrested. They have denied wrongdoing.

The 36-year-old British-US citizen has 4.4 million followers on Twitter and was previously banned from various prominent social media platforms for expressing misogynistic views and hate speech.

Earlier this week, prosecutors said they had seized 15 luxury vehicles and more than 10 properties and homes belonging to the suspects to prevent the assets being sold or hidden.

Romanian police also carried out raids on several homes as part of their investigation.

On Tuesday, Tate lost an appeal against his continued arrest in Romania.

The four suspects challenged their 30-day arrest warrant, but the Bucharest court of appeals rejected the challenge and said they should remain in police custody.

Tate and the other three suspects were arrested by Romanian anti-organised crime prosecutors on charges of forming a criminal gang to sexually exploit six women.

Prosecutors have said the Tate brothers recruited their victims by seducing them and falsely claiming to want a relationship.

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Tate, a former Big Brother contestant, has reportedly lived in Romania since 2017.

His lawyer was not immediately available for comment.