Andrew Tate, 36, and his 34-year-old brother Tristan were arrested on Thursday night for alleged sex trafficking from a $700,000 Romanian warehouse they turned into a full-time living space.
Andrew purchased the property — located in the town of Voluntari, outside of Bucharest — in 2017 when he first moved to Romania.
Born Emory Andrew Tate III, the social media influencer and professed misogynist said his decision to leave the United Kingdom was 40% based on avoiding rape charges as police investigated abuse allegations.
Andrew had moved to the UK when he was little after his father, Emory Tate, struggled to find work in the United States.
“So by age 11 I was [the] man of the house,” he has said, claiming he soon started working in markets while still at school.
In one video explaining why he moved from the UK to Romania, Andrew said: “I’m not a rapist, but I like the idea of just being able to do what I want. I like being free,” according to the Guardian.
Photos of his Romanian compound, which he once gave viewers a tour of, show a very obvious bachelor pad, with sleek furniture and contemporary style throughout.
One room holds a high-tech display of monitors with multiple security-video feeds and another space has a James Bond-themed glass wardrobe that shows off an array of guns and black jackets.
A wood-paneled room with leather armchairs appears to be the same area where Andrew recorded his widely mocked critique of climate activist Greta Thunberg in which he was seen smoking a cigar.
He also owns a large chessboard as a tribute to his late dad, who was an international master of the game and among the top active players in the world before his death in 2015 at age 56.
It is from this home that he ran “Hustler’s University,” according to the Guardian, where about 127,000 men pay him $47 a month for his tips on wealth and life in general.
Previously released arrest video shows officers with battering rams and guns sweeping through the dark villa before escorting Andrew into a car.
Prosecutors have alleged both brothers are suspects in a reportedly organized crime ring that “sexually exploited” at least six women, who were allegedly recruited, housed and forced into performing pornographic videos for sale online.
Officers recovered various weapons during the raid, including several guns, a knuckle duster, a hatchet and swords of varying lengths, in addition to stacks of money.
Andrew’s rise to fame started in 2016 when he appeared on the UK reality TV show “Big Brother.”
Seven days in, he was booted from the show after a video surfaced of him whipping and beating a girlfriend for looking at other men. A second video emerged of him telling a woman to count the bruises he inflicted on her.
He has said that if a man in a relationship has sex with someone else, it’s “not cheating, it’s exercise” — then claimed that if the female partner “even talks to a dude, it’s cheating.”
Andrew’s views led to numerous online bans, starting in 2017 when — at the height of accusations against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein — he was suspended by Twitter for saying that women should “bear responsibility” for being sexually assaulted or raped.
Regarding his wealth, Andrew has said that he made his first million when he was 27 — “then I had a hundred million dollars by the time I was 31,” he told Adin Ross in a streaming interview earlier this year. “I became a trillionaire quite recently … the world’s first trillionaire,” he claimed, even suggesting he had compiled more than three times the bank of Elon Musk at the latter’s richest.