Andrew Tate, a controversial internet personality with 5.5 million Twitter followers, has been released from a Romanian jail and placed under house arrest. Tate, who is a British-U.S. citizen and a professional kickboxer, was arrested in late December along with his brother Tristan and two Romanian women on suspicion of organized crime and human trafficking.
After spending months in a Romanian jail, Tate and his co-accused won an appeal to replace their detention with house arrest. The Bucharest Court of Appeal ruled in their favor, and they will remain under house arrest until Apr. 29. However, none of the four has yet been formally indicted.
As the brothers left the detention facility late on Friday, Tristan Tate spoke to reporters and expressed his gratitude to the judges, saying that they had made the right decision. Andrew Tate later thanked the judges and said that he believed justice would be served in the end.
Tate has repeatedly claimed that the Romanian prosecutors have no evidence and alleged that their case is a "political" conspiracy designed to silence him. He has been previously banned from various social media platforms for expressing misogynistic views and hate speech.
The Romanian authorities have accused Tate and his co-accused of subjecting six victims to "acts of physical violence and mental coercion" and sexually exploiting them. The victims were allegedly coerced into engaging in pornographic acts for the financial gain of the crime group.
In January, the authorities seized assets worth an estimated $3.9 million from a compound near Bucharest linked with the Tate brothers, including a Rolls-Royce, a Ferrari, and a Porsche. Prosecutors have said that if they can prove the cars' owners gained money through illicit activities such as human trafficking, the assets would be used to cover the expenses of the investigation and to compensate victims. Tate unsuccessfully appealed the asset seizure.