Andrew Tate is a name that has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons. He is a former kickboxer and reality TV star who became a controversial influencer for his misogynistic views. He is now facing rape and human trafficking charges in Romania, along with his brother Tristan and two associates. All have denied the allegations.
But who is Andrew Tate and how did he rise to fame? What did he say about women and why did he get banned from several social media platforms? And what are the details of his arrest and the accusations against him? In this blog post, we will explore the life and career of Andrew Tate, the self-proclaimed “misogynist” influencer.
Andrew Tate Early life and kickboxing career
Emory Andrew Tate III was born on December 1, 1986, in Washington, D.C. He is mixed-race. His African American father Emory Tate was a chess international master and his English mother worked as a catering assistant. He has a younger brother, Tristan. He was raised in Chicago, Illinois and Goshen, Indiana. After his parents divorced, his mother took both brothers to England.
Tate started practicing boxing and other martial arts in 2005, and worked in the television advertising industry to support himself. In November 2008, he was positioned the seventh-best light heavyweight kickboxer in the Unified Realm by the Global Game Kickboxing Affiliation (ISKA). In 2009, he gained his first championship when he won the British ISKA Full Contact Cruiserweight Championship in Derby, and was ranked number one in his division in Europe.
Tate’s kickboxing nickname was “King Cobra”. In 2011, he won his first ISKA world title in a rematch against Jean-Luc Benoit via knockout, having previously lost to Benoit by decision. He proceeded to come out on top for three more ISKA big showdowns in various weight classes, becoming one of the best English kickboxers ever.
Reality TV show and online fame
Tate attracted wider attention in 2016, when he appeared on the British reality show Big Brother. He was taken out from the show after just four days, when a video of him hitting a lady with a belt arose on the web. He guaranteed that the video was taken inappropriately and that the lady was his ex who appreciated being hit.
After leaving Big Brother, Tate began offering paid courses and memberships through his website Cobratate.com. He claimed to teach men how to become rich, successful, and attractive to women. He also rose to fame as an internet celebrity, promoting an “ultra-masculine, ultra-luxurious lifestyle” of fast cars, private jets, yachts, and mansions.
Tate has appeared in countless videos, flaunting his wealth and status. He also engaged in several online feuds with other celebrities and influencers, such as environmental activist Greta Thunberg, rapper Stormzy, comedian Russell Brand, and boxer Tyson Fury.
However, Tate’s online fame also came with controversy. He became notorious for his misogynistic commentary on women, sex, relationships, and feminism. He described himself as “absolutely a misogynist” and said that “there’s no way you can be rooted in reality and not be sexist”. He also said that women are “intrinsically lazy” and that there is “no such thing as an independent female”.
Tate’s views have resulted in his suspension or ban from several social media platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter. TikTok said that “misogyny is a hateful ideology that is not tolerated” on its platform.
Arrest and charges
In December 2022, Tate and his brother Tristan were arrested in Romania along with two women; all four are suspected of human trafficking and forming an organised crime group. Romanian police alleged that the group coerced victims into creating paid pornography for social media.
According to the police statement, the group targeted young women who were looking for work or accommodation online. They lured them into their luxury villa in Bucharest with promises of money or fame. They then forced them to sign contracts that gave them full control over their image rights and personal data. They also threatened them with violence or legal action if they refused to comply.
The police said they found proof of sexual maltreatment, actual attack, mental control, shakedown, blackmail, illegal tax avoidance, drug dealing, and tax avoidance during their strike on the estate. They likewise held onto workstations, telephones, cameras, hard drives, money, medications, and weapons.
In March 2023, all four suspects were moved to house arrest while the investigation continued, after being held in custody since their arrest. In June, they were charged with rape, human trafficking, and forming an organised crime group to sexually exploit women. Tate and his brother deny all charges and claim they are innocent.
Andrew Tate is a former kickboxer and reality TV star who became a controversial influencer for his misogynistic views. He is now facing rape and human trafficking charges in Romania. He has been banned from several social media platforms for his hateful ideology. He has a loyal fan base of millions of followers who admire his lifestyle and opinions. He is also one of the most hated and despised figures on the internet.