Andrew Tate has broken his silence after being arrested on allegations of rape and human trafficking as he faces an extended 30-day detention.
A tweet from the disgraced former kickboxer’s account reads: “The Matrix sent their agents.”
And in an apparent nod to Tate’s odd Matrix reference, Elon Musk also posted a meme about the famous film, which was retweeted by Tate.
Tate, 36, is in custody after the Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DICCOT) raided his luxury Romanian mansion in the capital, Bucharest, The Sun reported.
He, his brother Tristan and two other suspects were arrested on warrants issued in connection with the formation of an organized criminal group, international human trafficking and rape.
According to reports, the couple has been investigated for the alleged kidnapping of two young women in their villa in the town of Voluntari.
Police say six victims have so far come forward saying they were sexually exploited by the organized crime group.
They were initially held for 24 hours after their house in a leafy suburb of Bucharest was raided.
But prosecutors have asked a Romanian court to extend Tate’s detention for 30 days as part of the investigation.
“Prosecutors against organized crime have notified the Bucharest Court of Rights and Freedoms Judge with a proposal for the pre-trial detention of the four suspects for 30 days,” prosecutors said on Friday.
“The four suspects … appear to have created an organized crime group for the purpose of recruiting, housing and exploiting women by forcing them to create pornographic content intended to be viewed on specialist websites for a fee.”
The images and video show the couple being escorted by police out of the house in handcuffs.
Tate is seen with his hood up as armed police wearing balaclava took him away.
Officials say six injured people have been identified as part of the investigation, including one who was allegedly violently sexually assaulted in March.
Some of the suspects allegedly used the “loverboy” method of trafficking, which involves a man luring a victim into a relationship to then sexually exploit her, DIICOT said.
The victims then claim they were transported to a secret location near Bucharest where they were forced to make porn videos.
It is the second time his home has been raided as part of the investigation after officers arrived at his door in April.
It has since been suggested that the latest sting might not have happened had Tate not posted a video on Twitter mocking eco-warrior Greta Thunberg.
The clip featured a stack of boxes from Romanian pizza chain Jerry’s Pizza, which appeared to reveal its location.
Sources close to the investigation told local news channel Gandul that anti-mafia prosecutors became aware that Tate and his brother were in the country because of their social media.
Tate also posted stage footage on Twitter on Christmas Day with the caption “Romania”.
Civil rights attorney Alejandra Caraballo claims the pizza box likely revealed the location of her brother and Tate.
She tweeted: “The Romanian authorities needed proof that Andrew Tate was in the country so they reportedly used his social media posts.
“His ridiculous video yesterday showed a pizza from a Romanian pizza chain, Jerry’s Pizza, confirming he was in the country.”
Greta mocked Tate on Twitter for the claims, writing: “This is what happens when you don’t recycle pizza boxes.”
In the clip Tate shared on social media, she said: “Bring me pizza and make sure these boxes don’t get recycled.”
Then they handed him a package with text in Romanian.
But Romanian police said the pizza box was “not related” to his arrest.
“It is not related,” a police spokeswoman told AFP.
“To determine whether a person is in the country or not, we use a whole range of means.”
He stressed that “the arrest and search warrants” had already been there.
Tate was slammed on Wednesday for having “a little d**k energy” by Greta after he tried to troll the 19-year-old with a list of his car collection.
The kickboxer tried to goad the climate change campaigner into bragging about the “huge emissions” of his vehicles.
He offered to send her a list of his 33 cars, including a Bugatti, if she gave him her email address.
Greta, however, responded by offering her email address of “firstname.lastname@example.org”, to which she responded with the video of the pizza box.
The controversial Tate initially rose to fame after a short-lived appearance on Big Brother.
He was dropped from the reality show after alleged footage of him hitting a woman surfaced online.
Since then, it has sparked revulsion and outrage with a flurry of content online.
Tate, who was born in Washington DC, was accused of spreading hatred towards women while doing his profile.
The influencer was banned from Twitter in 2017 for violating its terms of service with his controversial comments.
He has previously referred to women as “property” and said they should have “some responsibility” if they are sexually assaulted.
In August, Tate was banned from a number of other social media sites.
TikTok banned it for misogyny, while Meta said it violated its policies on “dangerous individuals and organizations.”
It’s also banned on YouTube.
Tate has denied accusations of misogyny and claimed many of his clips are “taken out of context”.
Tate’s official Twitter account has now been reactivated following Musk’s acquisition.
This story appeared in The Sun and is reproduced with permission.
Originally posted as Andrew Tate to remain detained in Romania for 30 days after arrest on rape and human trafficking allegations.