ANDREW Tate and his brother Tristan have now been charged following their arrest in December – they now face a trial that could take years.
Here’s everything you need to know about the charges against the Tate brothers.
What was Andrew Tate accused of?
Former kickboxer Tate, 36, and his brother Tristan were released on March 31 by house arrest from hell prison where they had been held for three months.
Official charges have now been filed against the couple, who have both US and British nationality.
The indictment states that the brothers, along with two other co-defendants, founded an organized crime group on human trafficking charges in Romania, the United States and the United Kingdom in 2021.
It alleges seven alleged victims were recruited by Tate through false promises of marriage or relationship known as the “loverboy method.”
It said the seven alleged victims were later transported and housed in buildings in Ilfov Land, where they were subjected to physical violence, psychological coercion through intimidation, constant surveillance and sexual exploitation by the group members.
Tate was charged with rape and Tristan was charged with inciting others to commit violence.
Tate could face a suing in the Supreme Court after four British women accused him of rape and sexual assault.
Lawyers representing the alleged victims presented court documents to Tate at his Bucharest compound last week.
The women say the sexual assaults took place between 2013 and 2016 when Tate was still living in the UK.
What is Tristan Tate accused of?
Tristan Tate was charged with the same charges as Andrew.
The two co-defendants accused alongside the brothers are believed to be the Romanian women who were arrested at the same time as Andrew and Tristan.
They were also mentioned in the indictment as part of the human trafficking group.
Could Andrew and Tristan Tate go to jail?
According to Romanian law, trafficking in adults is punishable by a prison sentence of up to ten years.
However, the process is expected to take several years.
The trial will not begin immediately and, under Romanian law, the case will be referred to the court’s antechamber, where a judge has 60 days to review the case-file to ensure legality.
Both Tate and his brother have denied the allegations against them.
A spokesman for the couple said: “The charges against Andrew and Tristan Tate have been brought before the court, according to DIICOT’s recent press release.”
“While this news is undoubtedly predictable, we take the opportunity it presents to prove her innocence and justify her reputation.
“Our primary focus will be to establish the truth and ensure a fair and impartial review of the evidence that the legal team will present.”
“Tate’s legal team stands ready to cooperate fully with the relevant authorities and provide any evidence necessary to clear the brothers and uncover any misinterpretation or false allegation.”