Andrew Tate has broken his silence after being arrested on rape and human trafficking allegations as he faces a 30-day sentence extension.
A tweet from the disgraced former kickboxer’s account reads, “The Matrix has sent their agents.”
And in an apparent nod to Tate’s bizarre Matrix reference, Elon Musk also posted a meme about the famous film – which was retweeted by Tate.
Tate, 36, is being held after his luxury Romanian villa was searched by the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DICCOT) in the capital Bucharest, The Sun reported.
He, his brother Tristan and two other suspects were arrested on warrants in connection with forming an organized crime group, international human trafficking and rape.
The couple were reportedly under investigation for the alleged kidnapping of two young women at their villa in the town of Voluntari.
So far, six victims have come forward claiming they were sexually exploited by the organized crime group, according to cops.
They were initially detained for 24 hours after their home in a leafy Bucharest suburb was searched.
However, prosecutors have reportedly asked a Romanian court to extend Tate’s detention by 30 days as part of the investigation.
“Prosecutors for the fight against organized crime have notified the Judge for Rights and Freedoms at the Bucharest Court with a proposal to detain the four suspects for 30 days,” prosecutors said on Friday.
“The four suspects … appear to have formed an organized crime group with the aim of recruiting, harboring and exploiting women by forcing them to create pornographic content to be viewed on specialized websites in return for payment.”
Pictures and videos show the couple being escorted out of the house by handcuffed police officers.
Tate is seen hooded up as armed police in balaclavas lead him away.
Officials said six people were injured as part of the investigation, including one who was allegedly violently sexually assaulted back in March.
Some of the suspects allegedly used the “loverboy” method of human trafficking, in which a man lures a victim into a relationship for later sexual exploitation, DIICOT said.
The victims then claim they were transported to a secret location near Bucharest where they were forced to film porn videos.
It is the second time his home has been searched as part of the investigation after police officers showed up at his door in April.
It has since been suggested that the final sting might not have happened if Tate hadn’t posted a video to Twitter mocking eco-warrior Greta Thunberg.
The clip showed a stack of boxes belonging to Romanian pizza chain Jerry’s Pizza, which appeared to reveal its location.
Sources close to the investigation told local news agency Gandul that anti-mafia prosecutors realized Tate and his brother were in the country because of their social media.
Tate also posted scenic footage to Twitter on Christmas Day with the caption “Romania.”
Civil rights attorney Alejandra Caraballo claims the pizza box likely revealed the whereabouts of Tate and his brother.
She tweeted: “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, which confirmed he was in the country.”
Greta mocked Tate on Twitter for the claims, writing: “This is what happens when you don’t recycle your pizza boxes.”
In the clip, which Tate shared on social media, he said, “Please bring me some pizza and make sure these boxes aren’t recycled.”
He was then handed a box with Romanian text.
However, Romanian police said the pizza box had “no connection” to his arrest.
“It’s not related,” said a police spokeswoman for the AFP news agency.
“To determine whether a person is in the country or not, we use a whole range of means.”
She emphasized that “arrest warrants and searches” had already been issued.
Tate was slammed by Greta on Wednesday for having “little d**k energy” after trying to troll the 19-year-old with a list of his car collection.
The kickboxer tried to goad the climate activist by boasting about the “enormous 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.
However, Greta responded by offering her email address “email@example.com” to which he responded with the video of the pizza box.
The controversial Tate first rose to fame after a short-lived appearance on Big Brother.
He was kicked off the reality show after alleged footage of him hitting a woman surfaced online.
Since then, he has sparked revulsion and outrage with a spate of content across the internet.
Tate, who was born in Washington DC, has been accused of spreading hatred towards women while building his profile.
The influencer was banned from Twitter in 2017 for violating its terms of service with his controversial comments.
He has previously called women “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 him for misogyny, while Meta said he violated their policies regarding “dangerous individuals and organizations.”
He is also blocked on YouTube.
Tate has denied allegations of misogyny, claiming many of his clips were “taken out of context”.
Tate’s official Twitter account has now been reactivated following Musk’s takeover.
This story appeared in The Sun and is reproduced with permission.
Originally credited as Andrew Tate facing 30 days jail in Romania after being arrested on rape and human trafficking charges