An ‘ecstatic’ Andrew Tate thanked his supporters after he, his brother and two of his ‘angels’ were released from a Romanian prison under house arrest amid an ongoing investigation into alleged human trafficking, rape and crime gang offenses.
Tate, 36, was arrested in Bucharest on December 29, along with Tristan and two Romanian women. Luana Radu, 32, and Georgina Naghel, 28 – on suspicion of multiple criminal offenses and forming an organized crime group to exploit victims.
Earlier this month, all four appeared at a bail hearing that Tate hoped would see him released from prison and placed under house arrest after nearly three months behind bars.
That bail request was rejected by a judge on Wednesday and all four appealed the decision. Today, the Bucharest Court of Appeal ruled that the brothers and two alleged accomplices would be released from prison and placed under house arrest.
A spokesperson for the Tate brothers told MailOnline exclusively: “We are ecstatic to announce that the Romanian legal system has approved Andrew and Tristan Tate’s appeal of last week’s extension decision. They will be placed under house arrest while the investigation is ongoing.
Andrew Tate, his brother and two alleged female accomplices have been released from a Bucharest prison on house arrest. Pictured: The Tate brothers leave prison
Tate was “ecstatic” with the Romanian court’s decision and thanked his supporters. Pictured: The Tate brothers in handcuffs on Feb. 27
Tate’s alleged accomplices Georgiana Naghel (left) and Luana Radu (right) have also been released from prison and will be placed under house arrest
“We are grateful to the judge and the courts for allowing the brothers to return home. Both brothers look forward to being reunited with their families in Romania and would like to thank all the supporters who have stood by them during this time.
“They will continue to fight to clear their names of these fabricated accusations; however, this is a big step in the right direction.’
All four have been ordered to remain in the building where they live unless the court gives permission to leave.
Earlier today, anticipating the outcome, Tate wrote on social media: “In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
One of ‘Tate’s Angels’ Georgiana Naghel, who is also a US citizen, is described as a businesswoman and influencer who has supposedly been dating Tate for almost a year.
Meanwhile, Luana Radu was formerly stationed at a police station in central Bucharest but left the force eight years ago to pursue a career 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 “speechless” by the decision to deny them bail earlier this week as they prepare to face another 30 days in jail on sex trafficking charges.
They would remain in pre-trial detention until April 29. None of the four has yet been formally charged.
While in prison, Tate became the latest target of South Park parody in an episode featuring a “Romanian sex trafficker” and a “Toxic Masculinity Coach” – whose appearance bore a resemblance to the toxic influencer.
Tate (pictured Jan. 26) and the others today won their appeals to be released from jail on house arrest
Tate, who once kicked off Big Brother in 2016, has gained notoriety online 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 above message earlier today before news broke of his release from Romanian prison
Tate commented on the clip on Twitter, writing, “If I’m to be found innocent. I look forward to helping make 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, accused of recruiting young women and forcing them to create pornographic content online, lost another appeal against a judge’s earlier decision to extend his arrest for a third time.
A document explaining a previous decision to keep them in prison said the judge took into account the “particular danger of the defendants” and their ability to identify victims “with heightened vulnerability, seeking better life chances” .
Prosecutors have said the Tate brothers recruited their victims by seducing them and falsely claiming to want a relationship or marriage.
Tate, 36, was arrested with his brother Tristan on December 29 on suspicion of human trafficking, rape and forming an organized crime group to exploit women.
Prosecutors have said the Tate (pictured) and Tristan 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 forced to produce pornographic content for social media sites that generated large financial profits, prosecutors said.
Once a kickboxer, Tate was removed from Big Brother in 2016 over a video showing him assaulting a woman.
His shocking comments on social media led to him being temporarily banned from Twitter after saying women “should bear the responsibility” for sexual abuse.
Despite the allegations against him, Tate has gained a huge following, especially among young men.