A video of Fox News host Tucker Carlson defending Andrew Tate, a former kickboxer and self-proclaimed misogynist, has resurfaced after Tate was reportedly arrested in a human trafficking investigation.
Romanian prosecutors said on Thursday that Tate, his brother Tristan and two Romanian suspects were being held for at least 24 hours on suspicion of rape, human trafficking and attempting to form an organized criminal group, according to Reuters. A lawyer for the brothers also confirmed their detention to the news agency, but declined to comment further.
Prosecutors reportedly said that the suspects “apparently created an organized crime group for the purpose of recruiting, harboring and exploiting women by forcing them to create pornographic content to be viewed on specialized websites in return for payment.” .
Romanian authorities are said to have opened their investigation into the Tate brothers in April after allegations that the brothers had held two women, including a US citizen, against their will. The brothers were born in the United States but hold American-British citizenship.
Andrew Tate was asked about the allegations during an interview in August Tucker Carlson tonight. Carlson began his question by saying he was “skeptical” about the allegations, while Tate claimed the allegations were unfounded and said he had been visited by Romanian authorities for “swatting”.
In a video clip from the August show and divided Taking to the @Acyn Twitter account on Thursday, Carlson is shown suggesting that his viewers should ask themselves why an unnamed “she” tried to silence Tate.
“Why don’t they want you to hear from Andrew Tate?” Carlson asks during the clip. “Do you really think he’s a worse influence on youth than, say, Cardi B? Tell us how.”
“They tell us he’s a criminal,” he continues. “OK? Has he been charged? Who are the victims? What’s your name?”
Although the women’s names were not released, Romanian prosecutors reportedly said six victims of sexual exploitation had been identified. Tate has previously claimed that women “have to have some responsibility” when they are raped.
Tate was arrested after his heated argument with teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, which saw Tate brutally beaten up, went viral on Twitter. Tate, who has been permanently banned from multiple social media platforms, was recently reinstated on Twitter under the ownership of Elon Musk.
The exchange began when Tate tried to troll Thunberg by asking for her email address so she could check out his large collection of cars and “their respective enormous emissions.”
“Yes, please enlighten me,” said Thunberg answered. “Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Thunberg’s response quickly exploded, garnering over 3.1 million likes and praise from many.
Tate tried to hit back by accusing Thunberg of having “a small penis”. divide a comparatively poorly recorded video response.
Tate’s video showed a pizza box from a local chain which, according to unconfirmed reports, tipped off Romanian investigators to Tate’s presence in the country and led to his arrest.
Tate became an internet celebrity in part due to his repeated controversial and misogynist remarks. He has also garnered attention for his outspoken support for former President Donald Trump and appearances on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Infowars web cast.
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