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Andrew Tate, the multi-millionaire kickboxer and social media influencer, who was charged last week in Romania for offences of rape, human trafficking and forming an organised crime group to sexually exploit women, now faces new allegations about his activities in the UK.
Three women originally came forward with allegations of horrific violence including choking, rape and abuse in the UK from 2013 to 2015, but no charges were brought because the Crown Prosecution Service stated that there was no ‘realistic’ prospect of a conviction. The claimants went forward with a civil case in the hope of getting the case reopened. Now a fourth woman has decided to come forward as well with her own allegations against Tate since she saw the other three women take a stand against him.
Tate denies all these allegations and has said ‘there is no evidence of any wrongdoing’.
The new claimant told Byline Times “It has been really difficult to see Andrew Tate’s rise in popularity and his influence on people, when all the while knowing what he has done to me. He is a violent and dangerous man. Seeing the other three claimants have the courage to take a stand against him and being given a voice made me realise that we have the power to stop him. This is about justice and saying no to violence against women.”
All four claimants are looking to seek damages for the pain and suffering caused by Andrew Tate, which has had a significant impact on their lives. They also hope to tell their stories and counter the narrative he presents by obtaining undeniable truth in the form of judgement against Tate.
The women wish to remain anonymous for fear of being identified and targeted by Tate’s supporters. Given how militant his followers are, there is a genuine risk to their safety if their identities are made public. So far the women have crowdfunded over £21,500 to take legal action against Tate and they hope the UK police will reopen their investigation.
Tate, who moved from the United Kingdom to Romania in 2017 because he said he likes “living in countries where corruption is accessible for everybody”, was removed from the British version of reality TV show Big Brother in 2016, following the release of a video that appeared to show him attacking a woman, footage which he claimed had been edited – “a total lie trying to make me look bad”.
After that, Tate operated a self-proclaimed ‘Hustlers University’ which claimed to teach people how to become rich and had over 100,000 subscribers before it was shut down in October 2022.
Tate has gained wider popularity in recent years mainly through his podcast in which he talks about traditional gender roles in relationships. He claims rape victims should “bear some responsibility” for being attacked and has said that women “belong in the home”. As Tate’s videos went viral on Tik Tok and YouTube he has developed an almost cult-like following, especially among boys, with many often commenting on posts about his allegations of rape with ‘Top G’ which is a term of respect. He has over 6 million followers on Twitter.
Tate was recently interviewed on the BBC and recorded his own ‘unedited version’ of the interview because believes that the BBC are part of what Tate calls ‘the matrix’. The BBC was reprimanded for giving Andrew Tate a platform. Charlotte Proudman from ‘Right 2 Equality’ questioned why the public broadcaster allowed Tate to claim on air that one of the victims is imaginary.
In response to the Romanian charges, Tate has said that “I look forward to being found innocent’.