Andrew Tate, his brother and two of his ‘angels’ have been released on house arrest from a Romanian jail amid an ongoing investigation into alleged human trafficking, rape and crime gang offences.
Tate, 36, was arrested on December 29 in Bucharest along with Tristan and two Romanian women – Luana Radu, 32, and Georgina Naghel, 28 – on suspicion of several offences and forming an organised crime group to exploit victims.
Earlier this month, all four appeared at a bail hearing which Tate hoped would result in him being released from prison and placed under house arrest after nearly three months behind bars.
That bail application was rejected by a judge on Wednesday and all four appealed the decision.
Today, the Court of Appeal in Bucharest ruled that the brothers and two alleged accomplices would be released from prison and be placed under house arrest.
A spokesman for the Tate brothers told MailOnline: ‘We are ecstatic to announce the Romanian judicial system approved Andrew’s and Tristan Tate’s appeal against last week’s extension decision. They will be placed under house arrest while the investigation continues.
Andrew Tate, his brother and two alleged female accomplices have been released on house arrest from a Bucharest jail. Pictured: The Tate brothers in handcuffs on February 27
Tate’s alleged accomplices Georgiana Naghel (left) and Luana Radu (right), have also been released from prison and will be under house arrest
‘We are appreciative of the judge and courts for allowing the brothers to return home. Both brothers are looking forward to being reunited with their families in Romania and want to extend their thanks to all the supporters who have stood by them during this time.
STATEMENT FROM THE TATE BROTHERS
‘We are ecstatic to announce the Romanian judicial system approved Andrew’s and Tristan Tate’s appeal against last week’s extension decision.
‘They will be placed under house arrest while the investigation continues. We are appreciative of the judge and courts for allowing the brothers to return home.
‘Both brothers are looking forward to being reunited with their families in Romania and want to extend their thanks to all the supporters who have stood by them during this time.
‘They will continue to fight to clear their name of these fabricated accusations; however, this is a big step in the right direction.’
‘They will continue to fight to clear their name of these fabricated accusations; however, this is a big step in the right direction.
All four have been ordered to stay in the building where they live, unless granted permission to leave by the courts.
Earlier today, ahead of the outcome, Tate wrote on social media: ‘In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.’
One of ‘Tate’s Angels’ Georgiana Naghel, who is also an American citizen, is described as a businesswoman and influencer who is believed to have been dating Tate for almost a year.
Meanwhile, Luana Radu was previously based at a police station in central Bucharest but quit the force eight years ago to pursue a career working in video chat rooms, which attract men from all over the world and have become a lucrative industry in Romania.
Tate and his brother were left ‘speechless’ by the decision to deny them bail earlier this week as they prepared to face another 30 days in prison on sex trafficking charges.
They were due to be remanded in custody until April 29.
None of the four have been formally charged yet.
While in prison, Tate became the latest target of South Park parody in an episode featuring a ‘Romanian sex trafficker’ and ‘toxic masculinity coach’ – whose appearance bore resemblance to the toxic influencer.
Tate (pictured on January 26) and the others won their appeal to be released from prison on house arrest today
Tate, who was once kicked off Big Brother in 2016, has gained online notoriety for his shocking comments about women
While in prison, Tate became the latest target of South Park parody in an episode featuring a ‘Romanian sex trafficker’ and ‘toxic masculinity coach’
Tate tweeted the message above earlier today before news broke of his release from the Romanian prison
Tate has responded to the clip on Twitter, writing: ‘When I will be proven innocent. I look forward to help create the greatest South Park episode of all time.’
Although Tate has not yet been charged, six women have been identified by prosecutors as victims.
Last month, Tate, who is accused of recruiting young women and forcing them to create online pornographic content, had lost another appeal against a judge’s earlier decision to extend his arrest for a third time.
A document explaining an earlier decision to keep them in jail said the judge took into account the ‘particular dangerousness of the defendants’ and their capacity to identify victims ‘with an increased vulnerability, in search of better life opportunities.
Prosecutors have said the Tate brothers recruited their victims by seducing them and falsely claiming to want a relationship or marriage.
The victims were then taken to properties on the outskirts of the capital, Bucharest, and coerced to produce pornographic content for social media sites that generated large financial gain, prosecutors said.
Tate, once a kickboxer, was removed from Big Brother in 2016 over a video appearing to show him attacking a woman.
His shocking remarks on social media led to him being temporarily banned on Twitter after he said women should ‘bear responsibility’ for being sexually assaulted.
Despite the charges against him, Tate has gained an immense following, particularly among young men.