Woman reveals to BBC Andrew Tate’s coercion tactics

A British woman who says she was in a relationship with Andrew Tate has told BBC that he encouraged her to work for his webcam company, before becoming reportedly controlling and violent.

Andrew Tate, along with his brother Tristan, are in custody in Romania as Romanian police investigate allegations of rape and trafficking.

According to prosecutors, the brothers recruited victims by seducing them and falsely claiming they wanted to have a relationship – which police have named „the lover-boy method”. Victims were then forced or manipulated into working in their adult entertainment chat rooms.

The woman who spoke to BBC about her relationship with Andrew says this is what happened to her. She is now helping prosecutors with their investigation. She told BBC Radio 4 programme File on 4 that Tate approached her „completely out of the blue” on Facebook and was very charming.

„He was sort of luring me into believing that he was somebody that I could trust and someone that genuinely wanted to build a connection with me,” she explains.
She says their exchanges were typical of people getting to know each other with no red flags. After talking to him online, she agreed to travel to his home in Bucharest.

„I was at a stage of my life where everything felt a bit boring and a bit dull and this idea of an adventure just seemed attractive”, she explains.

As their relationship developed, she regularly visited Tate in Romania. He told her he wanted her to be his girlfriend, but soon began asking her to work for him.

„A couple of times he’d said to me, ‘You should do it, you’d make a fortune, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to do it. I make enough money'”, she says.

„But he was always reminding me that the option was there and that progressed into, ‘If you love me, you would do it. If you care about me, you would do it… we can make all this money’. And over time, just chipping away at me, eventually he led me to think, ‘Maybe he’s right, maybe I should be doing it’.”

She had worked in the adult entertainment industry before, so she was open to the suggestion. But she says she felt coerced and worried that if she refused, she might lose him.

In a now-deleted page on his website, Tate describes how he operated his webcam business, – in fact, his own account lines up with her’s.

He describes his job as, „To meet a girl, go on a few dates, sleep with her… get her to fall in love with me, to where she’d do anything I say.” The video continues, „And then get her on webcam so we could become rich together.”

In the decade he says he has been running his studio, he claims more than half of his employees were his girlfriends and none were in the adult entertainment industry before they met him. Her account contradicts this.

Sophie says she earned around £800 for six hours’ work, from which Tate would take 50%. Representatives of the industry in Romania told the BBC this was not unusual for webcam studios.

Over time, Tate’s behaviour towards her worsened. She claims he became increasingly controlling, imposing cash fines if she went out without his permission, and that he became violent.

„There was some disagreement… he held me up against the wall and he slapped me really hard and followed it with ‘you whore'”, she says.

She added that rough sex turned into something she had not consented to.

„Most of the violence was sexual, that’s obviously something that he’s into. He likes to feel completely in control of the woman and feel like he could take her life away at any second. That is a big sexual turn-on for him”, she explains.

„I was so intent on just wanting to please him and just wanting him to be happy. But looking back on it, he used to strangle me, to the point where I passed out once and I think he panicked then because he knew he’d gone too far.”

Sophie says she eventually left the relationship after having a moment of clarity that „constantly feeling inferior to him” was not right.

„I realised I couldn’t live like that anymore and that it wasn’t normal. I just had to get away from it,” she explains. „I remember being at work and I was just so overwhelmed and I’d never felt a darkness like it.”

She describes Tate as a „very complex man” who was quite different to the character he presented online – where he is known for his high-volume rants, often filmed while smoking a cigar or surrounded by his supercars.

„He’s very manipulative, he totally lacks any kind of empathy. He is a narcissist, he’s like that 100%,” she says.

„I don’t think he’s emotionally capable of feeling love, for anyone or anything, even his family, even his brother – there’s just nothing. In the space in our brains where we feel love and compassion and empathy… [in his] it’s just a hole, there’s nothing there.”
The BBC put these allegations to Tate through his lawyer, but Mateea Petrescu, who handles media requests for the Tate brothers, said they would not comment on the claims.
Investigators in Romania have confirmed that six women have been identified as potential victims of trafficking. But last month, two of the women publicly denied any mistreatment by the Tate brothers, while other women have spoken positively to the BBC about their time spent with Tate.

But Sophie says some of these are women who Tate genuinely treated well, while others are still under his control.

„He’s always one step ahead,” she says. „He will be mindful of the fact he needs as many glowing reviews as he does negative ones in order to defend himself.

„Equally, there are going to be girls that will be so infatuated and brainwashed by him that they are never going to say a bad word. There will also be some that are speaking out of fear because he’s threatening.”

Police have not yet filed any charges against the brothers, who have been in detention, along with two Romanian women, since 29 December. They have denied the allegations against them.

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