Andrew Tate, a controversial media personality, appeared to predict his own arrest in a resurfaced interview in which he stated that he would be “arrested or killed.”
This prediction came true on December 29th, when Tate, 36, was arrested on human trafficking and rape charges, according to CNN.
During a podcast appearance, Tate stated, “I would never, ever kill myself. I truly believe they are going to come and try to kill me in the long run. They’ve tried to shut me up, and I won’t shut up. They’re going to either try and put me in jail or they’re going to kill me. I would never kill myself under any circumstances, and the reason I say this is that people ask me, ‘What can they put you in jail for?’ And I say, ‘How ignorant are you? It is your ignorance to believe they need a reason.”
On Friday, internet personality Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan were ordered to be detained for a month in Romania as authorities investigate criminal claims leveled against the two of them.
The Romanian Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) served search warrants at five homes and detained four suspects, two British and two Romanian, as part of the investigation.
A court in Bucharest later granted DIICOT’s request to hold the suspects for an additional 30 days.
Andrew and Tristan’s lawyer, Eugen Vidineac, confirmed their detention but did not comment on the allegations.
DIICOT alleges that the suspects formed a criminal group that operated in Romania, Britain, and the United States and trafficked victims for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
The group is accused of misleading victims “into believing they would enter into a marriage or cohabitation relationship” before transporting them to Romania and subjecting them to physical violence and coercion.
Authorities also claim that one of the suspects raped a victim on two occasions in March 2022.
At least six victims are believed to have been sexually exploited by the group.
Andrew Tate, a former professional kickboxer, is known for his controversial views on male dominance, female submission, and wealth, and has previously advocated violence against women.
He was banned from major social media platforms until Elon Musk reinstated his Twitter account after taking control of the company.
Andrew gained notoriety earlier this year when his TikTok account, which has since been removed, amassed around 11.6 billion views.
He recently made headlines for his Twitter exchange with Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.
Despite speculation that authorities were alerted to Andrew’s presence in Romania through a pizza box seen in a photo that he posted during the altercation with Thunberg, a spokesperson for DIICOT stated that the pizza boxes were not a factor in the detentions.