'Witness intimidation': Internet divided as Andrew Tate threatens $300M lawsuit against rape accuser
BUCHAREST, ROMANIA: Andrew Tate, the incendiary influencer and accused sex trafficking rapist, has threatened to file a $300 million lawsuit against a woman who accused him of human trafficking and rape. Tate and his younger brother Tristan Tate, who are currently being held in Romania for preventive custody, reportedly sent a 'cease and desist' letter to an American lawyer of an unnamed woman through a US law firm that represents the Tate brothers.
The letter detailed the legal action the brothers intend to move ahead with if the woman does not take back her rape and trafficking accusation. "In April 2022, you falsely stated to a third party that our client human trafficked you, abused you and held you against your will. You have repeated false and defamatory statements to the police, the media, and another United States citizen about the Tate brothers,” the letter read. Both the Tate brother denied the allegations of trafficking and rape and the investigation is ongoing, reported BBC on Saturday, February 18.
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Earlier this month, the Tate brothers lost their bid for bail out of jail after a judge ordered the two to remain in jail until February citing the "particular dangerousness of the defendants," as the reason. The Romanian court prosecution accused the controversial influencer of creating “an organized crime group with the purpose of recruiting, housing and exploiting women by forcing them to create pornographic content meant to be seen on specialized websites for a cost,” according to Daily Mail.
Benjamin Bull, the lawyer for the woman who was threatened with legal action, explained to BBC that his client is the investigation's key witness and said the letter "was intended to shut down the witness; stop the witness from bringing testimony forward in any proceedings." On the other hand, Tates' lawyers who denied intimidation then told the news outlet that the letter sent in December was a civil matter of slander and defamation in the US.
No charges against the brothers have yet been brought and the probe into allegations will reportedly be based on the testimony of six women. In the Tate investigation, Bull who represents more than one of the case's witnesses is upset and intimidated by being sued.
'This will be Andrew Fate'
Following Tate's threat against the rape accuser, social media went divided by the influencer's decision to sue the woman. One Twitter user sarcastically wrote, "His lawyers can't even get him out of jail," while someone commented, "This is going to end well for him, I can feel it," and another opined, "That's because he's guilty." Pointing out the threat as witness intimidation, a user wrote, "Here we go, threatening the victims to back out of the case against him. Surely this is witness intimidation?," while another wrote, "And with that, he can add witness intimidation to the growing list of charges against him."
His lawyers can't even get him out of jail.— Simon (@Johnnywas25) February 18, 2023
This is going to end well for him, I can feel it.— Nick Dale (@NickDale) February 18, 2023
That's because he's guilty.— Mike Baldwin (@Ralph_Hapschatt) February 18, 2023
Here we go, threaten the victims to back out of case against him. Surly this is witness intimidation?— Emma-mai Carnell (@EmmaCarnell9) February 18, 2023
And with that he can add witness intimidation to the growing list of charges against him.— Kirsti Kean CR- Revan (@kirsti_kean) February 18, 2023
One user chimed in saying, "This will be Andrew Fate," and someone wrote, "Sounds like someone's getting scared," while a user wrote, "It's less convincing when you literally file your lawsuit from prison." While many slammed Tate for his threats, the influencer was also supported by many others where one Twitter user commented, "Still no charges? It's almost like they're just trying to cancel him. It's not working," and another opined, "He should take legal action for sure. That shall be a lesson to the accuser to do right in the future, and to any other person to know false accusations have repercussions. Tate sues them!!!"
This will be Andrew Fate.— Carl Adams (@CarlAdams94) February 18, 2023
Sounds like someone's getting scared— 💛 Yorkshire lass💛 (@linfitlass) February 18, 2023
It's less convincing when you literally file your lawsuit from prison.— MTQ (@Glenya_Greenyev) February 18, 2023
Still no charges..? It's almost like they're just trying to cancel him. It's not working. 😂— Question Everything... (@Kavvasakiman) February 18, 2023
He should take legal action for sure. That shall be a lesson to the accuser to do right in their future, and to any other person to knw false accusation have repercussions. Tate sue them!!!— Thee Dutchess of Khwisero1 (@DebrahMakabirah) February 18, 2023
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