Divisive internet personality Andrew Tate, who’s accused of sex trafficking and rape again declared his innocence as he arrived at court in Romania on Wednesday for his latest bid to be let out of jail.
“You know I’m innocent!” the former kickboxer shouted at reporters as he was led out of a prison van while handcuffed to his younger brother, Tristan Tate.
The brothers and their two co-accused, a woman and a female ex-cop were in court to fight a second 30-day extension of their detention after they were detained on Dec. 29.
Asked on his way into the Bucharest Court of Appeal if he expected to be freed Wednesday, Tate, 36, said: “There is not much justice in Romania.”
Andrew Tate was handcuffed to brother Tristan, 34, when they arrived at Bucharest Court of Appeal.
The US-born influencer made similar claims of innocence leaving the hearing.
“Ask them for evidence and they will give you none because it doesn’t exist. You’ll find out the truth of this case soon,” he said.
Romanian prosecutors have accused the Tates of heading a criminal gang to sexually exploit women. They claim the pair seduced women and then forced them to produce pornographic content, generating huge income that they regularly showed off on social media.
A judge has yet to decide on Wednesday’s appeal against the decision to hold them until Feb. 27. Prosecutors can ask the courts to extend the suspects’ detention for up to 180 days.
The judge made the initial decision because of the “particular dangerousness of the defendants” and their capacity to identify victims “with an increased vulnerability, in search of better life opportunities.”
Their defense attorneys have asked the judge to consider placing them under house arrest, court documents showed.
Tate also unsuccessfully tried to get back assets worth an estimated $3.9 million seized by authorities from his compound near Bucharest, including luxury cars such as a Rolls-Royce and a Ferrari.
Tate had previously said in a video that has now been deleted that he moved from the UK to Romania partly because the legal system there would make it easier to fight things like rape accusations.
Since his arrest, Tate has continued posting to his nearly 5 million followers on Twitter, often railing against the injustice of his chosen country of residence while blaming his problems on “the Matrix.”