Andrew Tate is said to have tried to “lure” Playboy model Carla Howe into a Romanian hideout.

A former Playboy model has claimed influencer Andrew Tate tried to lure her to his premises in Romania before his arrest in a rape and human trafficking investigation.

Carla Howe, 32, told friends the former kickboxer and Big Brother contestant sent her “controlling and aggressive” messages.

The blonde model said she believes she had a “lucky escape” after Tate was arrested in Romania this week as part of an investigation into allegations of rape, human trafficking and organized crime.

Tate, who was born in Washington DC but grew up in Luton, was arrested along with his brother Tristan and two Romanian women.

The two women turned out to be Tate’s model girlfriend and a former police officer who were arrested with him at their luxurious Romanian villa.

They are accused of having held six women under 24-hour “house arrest” in their home on the outskirts of the Romanian capital Bucharest.

The six women were allegedly forced to film porn videos and were not allowed to leave the house.

Carla told friends she believes she is one of the influencer’s intended victims as his tactics were chillingly similar to the alleged actions taken on the six women allegedly being held at his home.

She told friends: “He wanted me to go to Romania and I was tempted. It makes me think now how it could have gone so terribly. In the end, I probably would never have left the house.”

Carla claimed that Tate showered her with compliments and romantic messages when they first started talking online in February.

But the messages reportedly soon took a darker turn, becoming “controlling and aggressive.”

She told friends he tried to ban her from going on holiday to Spain with a friend, insisting she had to “obey” him.

As they continued talking, Carla said Tate asked her to fly to Romania to visit him.

She told the 35-year-old she couldn’t “come to another country to meet someone I’ve never met.”

But she later reconsidered and agreed with a friend to travel in August.

Tate was banned from Instagram, which ended their conversation abruptly and prevented Carla from flying to the eastern European country to see him.

She told friends: “I had a lucky escape. I thought I would give him a chance and was tempted to start a relationship with him.”

Carla added: “Things could have turned out very differently if I had left – I hate thinking about it.”

And she was horrified when the full extent of the charges against Tate were revealed this week.

Romanian investigators began investigating the Tate after the US embassy in Bucharest sounded the alarm when they found that an American woman was being held against her will in the city.

The 22-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, managed to recover her cell phone and called her boyfriend in the US, who alerted the embassy.

Arla moved into Hugh Hefner’s Playboy mansion with her twin sister Melissa in 2011.

A friend told the Mail Online that Tate’s “mysterious” movements meant he only made brief visits to London occasionally.

When Carla asked Tate why he never stayed long, he told her, “Because I’m in and out. Like a ninja businessman.”

She also said his messages became jealous and possessive even though they had never met.

The boyfriend said, “He said to her ‘You better not cheat on me.’ He told her she couldn’t talk to men or go to a party and told her to stay at her hotel.”

Tate also reportedly said things to Carla like, “You have to obey me. I’m your man.”

The couple first met just last month when Carla traveled to Dubai to appear as ring girl for Floyd Mayweather’s fight with Deji Olatunji.

Tate sat front row at the event and a video of the moment they met was posted on TikTok.

However, Tate left the fight early after a brawl broke out in the arena and he and his entourage were led away.

As a result of the charges against him, Tate is now being held in a Romanian “hell hole” prison cell for 30 days.

Andrew and his brother have built a seedy Romanian empire, allegedly based on a shady webcam scam.

Tate broke his silence after his arrest on Friday, and his Twitter account has been updated while he remains behind bars.

A tweet from the account reads, “The Matrix has sent their agents.”

Since then, his account has retweeted a tweet from Elon Musk that also references the sci-fi film.

Today his account tweeted a cryptic message and a link to his personal website.

“The answer is out there,” read the tweet. “It’s looking for you. And it will find you if you want it.”

Tate’s arrest and rape investigation came days after he sparked a childish war of words with teenage eco-warrior Greta Thunberg via Twitter.

“Toxic” Tate was mocked by the Swedish activist for having “little d**k energy” after he goaded her with a tweet about his expensive car collection.

This sparked a bizarre response to a video message in which he ranted about Greta while wearing a red and gold robe, smoking a cigar and holding pizza boxes.

Both Tate brothers deny the allegations against them and are expected to appeal the decision to keep them in custody next week.

This article was originally published by the US Sun and is reproduced with permission

Originally posted when Andrew Tate allegedly tried to “lure” Playboy model Carla Howe into a Romanian hideout.

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