Andrew Tate blasts BBC after he gives first interview… which collapses
Andrew Tate today blasted the BBC over their attempts to ‘vilify’ him after he gave the broadcaster his first interview since being detained over sex trafficking charges.
In a combative interview, Tate repeatedly dismissed the BBC’s questions about allegations of rape, human trafficking and exploitation of women – and instead demanded to ask his own questions.
When quizzed about a testimony from a woman who has accused Tate of rape and exploitation, the influencer responded by asking his own question and telling the BBC journalist: ‘You’re not the boss here because I’ve allowed you into my house.’
Following the interview, which collapsed after Tate, 36, said he was doing the BBC a ‘favour’ by speaking to the broadcaster, the self-professed misogynist launched a scathing attack on the broadcaster.
He tweeted: ‘The mainstream media which vilify me, beg me for interviews under the guise of balanced journalism. The Matrix is desperate.’
Tate claimed that whilst he had been vilified, the BBC was not similarly outraged when the broadcaster’s presenters Jimmy Saville and Rolf Harris were grooming and raping girls.
In a combative interview, Tate repeatedly dismissed the BBC’s questions about allegations of rape, human trafficking and exploitation of women – and instead demanded to ask his own questions
When quizzed about a testimony from a woman who has accused Tate of rape and exploitation, the influencer responded by asking his own question and telling the BBC journalist: ‘You’re not the boss here because I’ve allowed you into my house’
‘Where was the BBC’s outrage when Jimmy Saville and Rolf Harris were grooming and raping and molesting young girls for decades?’
Savile, who was one of Britain’s biggest television stars before his death in 2011, molested at least 72 children, some as young as eight, over a four-decade campaign of abuse. And Harris was jailed over 12 indecent assaults against four underage girls.
Tate is currently under house arrest in Romania with his brother Tristan over allegations of human trafficking, rape and forming an organising a crime group to exploit victims.
In a bizarre series of tweets, Tate ranted: ‘I harbour no hard feelings against the BBC or any journalist who attempts to lie about me. The truth of my message is known and good will continue to spread. Tolerance and love for you all.’
In another tweet, Tate said: ‘The level of stress and pressure I operate under would be too much 99.99% of men. They truly want me dead. But I persist, day after day. No alcohol. No drugs. No therapy. Simply wake up. Pray. Then get to work. Allah is the best of planners.’
In yet another tweet from today, Tate claimed he was a ‘political prisoner’ who had been ‘left to rot’.
He added: ‘England will now attempt to put me in jail. Matrix attacks via the ‘justice’ system incoming.’
The influencer has been accused of spreading misogynistic ‘rape culture’ content to audiences as young as 13 on TikTok, with Tate speaking about attacking a woman if she accused him of cheating.
Tate is currently under house arrest in Romania over allegations he recruited young women and forced them to create online pornographic content.
When asked about the allegations made against him, Tate told the BBC in the heated interview: ‘I know the case intimately and you don’t. I have seen all the criminal files and the evidence against me and you haven’t.
‘I know the truth of what happened and you don’t. And I’m telling you absolutely and utterly, I’ve never hurt anybody, that the case that’s been put against me is completely and utterly fabricated and I’m never going to be found guilty of anything.’
Tate then dismissed the testimonies of individual women who have accused the influencer of rape and exploitation. One British woman, referred to as Sophie to protect her identity, has claimed Tate slapped and strangled her to the point of passing out ‘during rough sex’.
Sophie told the BBC in February Tate had charmed her at first and encouraged her to work for his webcam business before becoming controlling and coercive.
When asked about Sophie’s testimony, Tate claimed, without providing evidence, that she did not exist and instead kept asking the BBC reporter questions instead of answering her own.
When asked about Sophie’s testimony, Tate claimed, without providing evidence, that she did not exist and instead kept asking the BBC reporter questions instead of answering her own
Pictured: Andrew Tate leaves the Bucharest Court where the rights and liberties judge extended his house arrest for another 30 days on 19 May
‘I’ve asked you a question and I’ve allowed you into my house,’ Tate said, to which the BBC reporter responded: ‘I am asking you a question. You get to decide the answers.’
But Tate hit back and said: ‘No we are equal here. I’ve allowed you into my house. You don’t come here with a position of authority. I’m doing you the favour as legacy media, giving you relevance, by speaking to you.
‘And I’m telling you now, this Sophie, which the BBC has invented, who has no face. Nobody knows who she is. I know.’
Prosecutors have said the Tate brothers recruited their victims by seducing them and falsely claiming to want a relationship or marriage.
The victims were then taken to properties on the outskirts of the capital, Bucharest, and coerced to produce pornographic content for social media sites that generated large financial gain, prosecutors say.
Tate’s rise to fame in recent years has been linked to the proliferation of British teenagers using the Chinese video sharing platform TikTok.
Tate, who has told rape victims to ‘bear responsibility’ for the abuse, said in one video that he would attack a woman if she accused him of cheating.
When asked if a woman accused him of cheating and came at him with a machete, Tate said: ‘It’s bang out the machete, boom in her face and grip her by the neck. Shut up b****.’
Leading domestic abuse charities have warned such content is extremely misogynistic and has the potential to radicalise men and young boys to bring harm to women.
When asked about this during the BBC interview, Tate said the accusations were ‘absolute garbage’.
‘That’s very upsetting and the reason that’s very upsetting is because I know that’s not true, I’m genuinely a good person. I believe my impact on the world is positive,’ Tate claimed.
The former kickboxer added: ‘I preach hard work, discipline, I’m an athlete, I preach anti-drug, I preach religion, I preach no alcohol, I preach no knife crime, every single problem with modern society I’m against.
‘I’m teaching young men to be disciplined, to be diligent, to listen, to train, to work hard, to be exactly like me.
‘And I’m saying that if men grew up like me which are hardworking and diligent, with emotional control and stoic, we’re gonna have a better society, not a worse society.
‘To sit here and say that schools in England, which is a failing nation, which has knife crime going through the roof, violence going through the roof, men’s mental health going through the roof, and they’re going to all blame me because I appeared on the internet is disingenuous.’
Tate was arrested on December 29 in Bucharest along with his brother Tristan and two Romanian women on suspicion of human trafficking, rape and forming an organised crime group to exploit victims.
The notorious misogynist spent three months in prison before being put under house arrest last month after winning an appeal against a judge’s decision to extend his time in jail for a fourth time.
Tate and Tristan moved into a converted warehouse in Romania in 2017, which they staffed with armed guards.
At their safehouse on the outskirts of Bucharest, the Tate brothers had a video chat studio where several women were found during a police raid in April 2022.
Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan (pictured together outside court in Romania on April 21) are currently under house arrest over sex trafficking allegations
Former police officer Luana Radu (left) and Georgiana Naghel (right) are suspected of assisting the Tate brothers in the crimes they are under investigation for. The new charge against Tristan is believed to relate to an alleged incident involving Tristan’s associate Naghel inflicting pain on another woman in 2021
Romanian anti-organized crime agency DIICOT said in a statement after the December arrests that it had identified six victims in the human trafficking case who were allegedly subjected to ‘acts of physical violence and mental coercion’ and sexually exploited by members of the alleged crime group.
The agency said victims were lured with pretenses of love and later intimidated, placed under surveillance and subjected to other control tactics while being coerced into engaging in pornographic acts for the financial gain of the crime group.
In January, Romanian authorities descended on a compound near Bucharest linked with the Tate brothers and towed away a fleet of luxury cars that included a Rolls-Royce, a Ferrari and a Porsche. They reported seizing assets worth an estimated $3.9 million.
Prosecutors have said that if they can prove the cars’ owners gained money through illicit activities such as human trafficking, the assets would be used to cover the expenses of the investigation and to compensate victims. Tate also unsuccessfully appealed the asset seizure.
Tate is also accused of raping a Moldovan woman, who he alleges followed him from London, in March 2022, which he categorically denies.
In January, he told the Bucharest Court of Appeal that the alleged victim moved to Romania with him voluntarily in November 2021.
Tate claimed she filed a rape allegation nearly six months later when he refused to give her money to buy a house and become a TikTok star.
Prosecutors have said the Tate brothers recruited their victims by seducing them and falsely claiming to want a relationship or marriage. Pictured: Andrew Tate with his Bugatti
Romanian officials transport the sports cars seized from the Tate compound to an undisclosed storage location, from Voluntari, Ilfov, Romania, on January 14
A Lamborghini that was seized in a case against Andrew Tate is towed away from his compound in Bucharest on January 14
And in April, it emerged that Tate is reportedly facing the possibility of being sued by three British women who claimed he sexually abused them.
The legal team who are putting the allegations together, which it will make clear once they have the money to bring civil action against Tate in the High Court.
The women, now aged in their late 20s and early 30s, reportedly claim that Tate, 36, sexually abused them between 2013 and 2016, as the self-described misogynist ran an online sex firm from Luton, Bedfordshire.
An investigation by British police forces into complaints made by two women at the time resulted in no charges being brought against Tate, who repeatedly denied wrongdoing.
The British women looking to bring the claim against Tate say that they have suffered personal injury and psychiatric harm after alleged violent sexual and physical assaults in the UK.
They are being represented by law firm McCue Jury & Partners.
Tate’s views on women, masculinity and entrepreneurship, voiced in podcasts and shared online, became popular in 2022 as they were shared in short clips around social media.
He was ultimately banned from various platforms for misogyny and hate speech.
Tate has repeatedly claimed Romanian prosecutors have no evidence and alleged their case is a ‘political’ conspiracy designed to silence him.