Andrew Tate’s female ‘accomplices’ threatened to beat up OnlyFans models, prosecutors claim
Andrew Tate’s female ‘accomplices’, dubbed his ‘angels’, threatened to beat up OnlyFans models if they did not do their job, prosecutors have claimed.
Georgiana Naghel, the girlfriend of the jailed influencer, and Luana Radu, a former policewoman turned cam model, allegedly controlled six victims’ OnlyFans and TikTok accounts on behalf of the Tate brothers.
The women, who have been detained in a sex trafficking probe along with the Tates, skimmed off half the OnlyFans revenue and fined women for being late or sniffling on camera, according to court documents.
The gang put women on TikTok to drive traffic to OnlyFans because of its lucrative subscriptions, prosecutors said.
Tate, a millionaire anti-feminist influencer, was jailed on December 29 along with his brother and the two ‘accomplices’ in a human trafficking sex probe.
Georgiana Naghel, the alleged girlfriend of Andrew Tate, is accused of threatening OnlyFans models
Luana Radu, a former policewoman turned cam model, allegedly controlled six victims’ OnlyFans and TikTok accounts
The former kickboxer was also accused of raping a Moldovan woman twice in Romania while seeking to enlist her in his pornography operation.
The woman says she thought it was love after Tate promised her a new life and even marriage.
In one WhatsApp message cited by prosecutors, he said: ‘You must understand that once you are mine, you will be mine forever.’
The ex-Big Brother star urged the Moldovan woman to join him in Romania. ‘Nothing bad will happen,’ he reassured her on February 9. ‘But you have to be on my side.’
The following month, Romanian prosecutors say, Tate raped the woman twice.
The allegations and messages are included in a previously unpublished court document, dated December 30 and reviewed by Reuters, which paints the most detailed picture yet of the illicit business.
Police officers escort Andrew Tate (second left), handcuffed to his brother Tristan Tate, to the Court of Appeal in Bucharest, Romania, February 1, 2023
The gang put women on TikTok to drive traffic to OnlyFans because of its lucrative subscriptions, prosecutors said
Andrew Tate arrives handcuffed and escorted by police at a courthouse in Bucharest on February 1, 2023
Who is Andrew Tate?
Andrew Tate rose to fame as a kickboxer in the 2000s, winning the British International Sport Karate Association cruiserweight championship in 2009, and an ISKA world title in 2011.
He later founded a self-described ‘webcam pimping’ company around this time with his brother, which he later admitted was a ‘scam’, using women to exploit customers for money.
Tate was removed from the Big Brother house after a week after footage emerged of him whipping and slapping an ex-girlfriend, which both later said was consensual.
Tate moved to Romania to live in a compound surrounded by armed guards in 2017. He was banned from Twitter for comments attributing ‘some responsibility’ to rape victims.
Prosecutors accuse him of moving women to Romania and using physical violence and mental coercion to force them to produce explicit materials to share and sell online.
Meanwhile, old clips of Andrew Tate became popular through TikTok in 2022 as he promoted his online ‘Hustler’s University’ – a paid online community claiming to help users to ‘get rich quick’.
In March 2022, Andrew Tate was accused of raping a woman he moved to Romania. Tate says the allegation was made up after he refused to buy her a house.
The brothers’ Romanian safehouse was raided in April 2022 after authorities believed two women were being held against their will. The Tates were eventually released but the investigation was reported ongoing.
Tate was restored to Twitter by Elon Musk, but soon after provoked a spat with Greta Thunberg and was shortly after arrested.
Romanian police held the brothers on preventive arrest from 30 December, extended on 20 January until 27 February.
The Tate brothers deny the accusations made against them.
British-American Andrew Tate, 36, who’s been based mainly in Romania since 2017, and his 34-year-old brother have denied all the allegations against them. Reuters was unable to reach them in police detention for comment.
In response to questions, their attorney Eugen Vidineac said he couldn’t publicly confirm or deny information about the case while the investigation was ongoing.
Romania’s anti-organized crime unit also said its prosecutors couldn’t comment on the probe.
Reuters translated the WhatsApp exchanges with the Moldovan women – which appear in Romanian in the court document – back into English, their original language.
While accurate, the translation of the Romanian version provided by prosecutors may not be identical to the initial wording.
The brothers used deception and intimidation to bring six women under their control and ‘transform them into slaves’, prosecutors said in the document.
The 61-page file, produced by Bucharest court officials, comprises minutes of a hearing when a judge extended the Tates’ detention plus evidence submitted by the prosecution.
Attorney Vidineac said the brothers’ alleged victims weren’t mistreated, but ‘lived off the backs of the famous Tates’, according to the court document. ‘They were joyful and nobody was forcing them to do these things,’ he added.
Vidineac acknowledged in the document that Andrew Tate and the Moldovan woman had sex but he said it was consensual and accused her of fabricating the rape claims.
Reuters couldn’t independently corroborate the version of events provided by prosecutors or the defence lawyer, and was unable to reach the six women named in the document for comment. The news organization does not typically identify alleged victims of sexual crimes unless they have chosen to release their names.
Two of the women told Romanian TV station Antena3 on January 11 that they’re not victims and the Tates are innocent. The station identified them only by first names, Beatrice and Iasmina.
‘You cannot list me as a victim if I say I am not one,’ Beatrice told the station. The four other women, including the Moldovan woman, haven’t publicly commented.
The allegations facing Tate have put intense focus on a self-described misogynist who has built an online fanbase, particularly among young men, by promoting a lavish, hyper-macho image of driving fast cars and dating beautiful women.
Andrew (L) and Tristan Tate (CL), Luana Radu (CR) and Georgiana Naghel (R) at the Court of Appeal
In 2022, he was the world’s eighth-most Googled person, outranked only by figures such as Johnny Depp, Will Smith and Vladimir Putin, according to Google’s analysis.
Prosecutors say the Tates controlled the victims’ OnlyFans’ accounts and earnings amounting to tens of thousands of euros, underlining concerns among some human rights groups about the potential for the exploitation of women on such platforms.
Reuters couldn’t verify the existence of the alleged victims’ OnlyFans accounts.
UK-based OnlyFans has 150 million users who pay ‘creators’ monthly fees of varying amounts for their content, much of it erotic or pornographic, but also in areas such as fitness training and music.
The company, whose 1.5 million creators can earn anything from hundreds of dollars to tens of thousands a month, says on its website it’s ‘the safest digital media platform’. It was founded in 2016 and grew rapidly during COVID-19 lockdowns.
An OnlyFans spokesperson told Reuters that Andrew Tate ‘has never had’ a creator account or received payments. They said OnlyFans had been monitoring him since early 2022 and taken ‘proactive measures’ to stop him posting or monetizing content, without elaborating on the reasons for the scrutiny or the steps taken.
The spokesperson added that creators as a whole underwent extensive identification checks and that all content was reviewed by the platform, which worked closely with law enforcement. Vidineac declined to comment about the measures taken by OnlyFans against Tate.
Andrew Tate’s image has been stoked by a series of contentious comments. He’s compared women to dogs and said they bear some responsibility for being raped. His remarks got him banned from Facebook, Instagram and other leading social media platforms last year.
Tate is said to be worth as much as £100million after monetising the global attention that TikTok has brought him
A spokesperson for Meta said Tate was banned in August 2022 from its Facebook and Instagram platforms for violating its policies, which forbid ‘gender-based hate, any threats of sexual violence, or threats to share non-consensual intimate imagery’.
Tate said on a podcast in 2021 that he had started a webcam business in Britain that had peaked with 75 women working for him earning $600,000 a month â a sum Reuters was unable to independently verify. He didn’t elaborate in the podcast on what the women did.
Up until last month, his website offered a course costing more than $400 that promised to teach ‘every step to building a girl who is submissive, loyal and in love with you’.
‘THAT IS MY SKILL. To extremely efficiently get women in love with me,’ he said on the website. The pages about the course, reviewed by Reuters, were removed in January.
In a separate YouTube video aimed at men who want to make money by putting women on OnlyFans, Tate called the platform ‘the greatest hustle in the world’. The original date of the video, which was uploaded multiple times, is unclear.
The 36-year-old shot to fame for his outlandish views and once starred on Big Brother
In the court document, lawyer Vidineac said Tate’s online persona was a ‘virtual character’ constructed to gain followers and make money, and had ‘nothing to do with the real man’.
Tate’s Twitter account, reinstated in November, one month after billionaire Elon Musk bought the platform, protests his innocence to his 4.8 million followers. ‘They have arrested me to ‘look’ for evidence … which they will not find because it doesn’t exist,’ said a Jan. 15 post.
Tate first met the Moldovan woman virtually on Instagram in January 2022 before they met in person in London the following month, and by March she was in Romania, prosecutors said in the court document, which includes WhatsApp exchanges between February 4 and April 8.
Authorities moved on the brothers on Apr. 11, when police raided one of their properties in Bucharest on suspicion that an American woman was being held there against her will.
According to prosecutors, the American woman – another of the alleged six victims – met Tristan Tate online in November 2021, then in person in Miami the following month. They said he lured her to Romania by expressing ‘false feelings’ for her and promising a serious relationship, paid for her plane ticket and said he could help her earn ‘100K a month’ on OnlyFans.
Tristan Tate picked her up at Bucharest airport in a Rolls-Royce on April 5 2022, and took her back to his house, which had two armed guards, the court document said.
He told her she wasn’t a prisoner but said the guards wouldn’t let her outside without his permission, it added. He said it was dangerous for her to leave ‘because he had enemies’.
There were cameras all over the house, which Tristan Tate monitored remotely, prosecutors said in the document. He once messaged the American to say he could see where she was and what she was doing, they said.
When she moved to another house with four of Andrew Tate’s ‘girlfriends’ she was allowed outside but only if accompanied by other women, said the prosecutors, adding that she was ‘very afraid’ of the brothers.
In the document, Tate’s lawyer said the American woman had a mobile phone, internet access and the freedom to leave the house as she pleased.
The woman has not spoken publicly about the Tates or the prosecutors’ allegations.
Romanian prosecutors said on January 15 that as part of their probe into the suspects they had seized assets worth almost $4 million, including a fleet of luxury cars from Andrew Tate’s compound on the outskirts of Bucharest.
The detention of the Tates, along with two Romanian women accused of working for them, has been extended to February 27.
Their appeal against that detention was rejected by a court on Wednesday. A judge can order their detention for up to 180 days while the investigation is ongoing, which means it could stretch into late June.