Controversial internet personality Andrew Tate is being treated “very poorly” in Romanian prison Aiud, which was infamous for its treatment of political prisoners during the second World War, sources familiar with the matter told Frankly.
They confirmed Tate was rushed to hospital shortly after his arrest.
“He’s not being treated well. No calls to his lawyers, no visits allowed, so he’s being treated very poorly,” sources said.
“It looks like they’re trying to block him from the outside world… This isn’t justice. He has no rights. It looks like they’re trying to buy time by not doing their due diligence… it looks like there’s a US-backed agenda,” sources claimed.
Both Tate and his brother Tristan were arrested in their villa in the Romanian capital Bucharest just two days before the New Year on allegations of rape and human trafficking. The brothers’ lawyer Eugen Vidineac told Romanian media there is “no evidence” to support the allegations. He added that the defence was not given the opportunity to study the prosecution’s case file.
The defence is typically entitled to evidence disclosure before the trial, including witness statements and police reports.
Andrew Tate was a light-heavyweight kickboxing world champion before first rising to fame as a contestant on reality TV show Big Brother in 2016. He then exploded to fame for his controversial views on women and masculinity, which attracted a large following of young men.
In 2022, he was named the world’s most Googled man, with his popularity rising despite being banned from social media platforms Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok, which claimed his alleged misogynistic views would not be tolerated on the platform.
However, his verified Twitter account has since been restored following Elon Musk’s takeover of the social media company. Despite his detention in Romania, he has maintained a steady stream of tweets on the platform, where he boasts 4.5 million followers.
Tate, who recently converted to Islam, was pictured holding the Holy book of Quran as he appeared in court today alongside his brother Tristan.
Results of the hearing are yet to be revealed.