Andrew Tate’s ex-girlfriend has alleged in a new interview she was “branded” with a tattoo of his name, detailing claims of horrific abuse.
Andrew Tate’s lawyer has spoken in defense of controversial influencer Andrew Tate, declaring that “being controversial does not constitute a crime.”
According to The Sun, the anonymous British woman – identified only as Sophie – alleged she was slapped, strangled, and subjected to sexual violence by Tate after he lured her to Romania.
Sophie said that Tate lured her into a relationship on Facebook.
The former model alleged she was tightly controlled by Tate – with him even “fining” her if she went out with friends without his permission – in an interview with BBC radio show Fill in 4.
A spokesman for Tate denied all allegations and insisted all sexual behavior between him and Sophie was “consensual” when speaking to The Sun.
“Andrew denies all accusations that featured in the Fill in 4 documentaries on BBC Radio 4,” the spokesman said.
“The allegations of sexual violence have been taken out of context as this was consensual between both parties.”
Sophie claimed that Tate was eventually able to free her and that she wasn’t surprised by Tate’s arrest last year.
“I knew, I said to all my friends, it’s a matter of time before they figure out what was going on,” she said.
Tate, Tristan Tate, and other Tate suspects remain in police custody as prosecutors and police investigate Tate’s activities. Tate has been accused of being raped.
Sophie initially described a very positive relationship with the “charming” 36-year-old.
He became controlling and violent after she had fled to Romania to get married to him. She was then lured into his webcam company.
She even described how she was pressured to get a tattoo of Tate’s name on her arm.
“There was another girl that had one done, he was sending me pictures of it,” she said. “It felt like something I had to do.”
Tate would “chip away” at her until she finally agreed to perform on a webcam for him.
“If you love me, you would do it; if you care about me, you would do it,” Tate would allegedly tell Sophie.
She stated that Tate was happy and she tried to make him happy, but controlling Tate’s behavior made it worse.
“[Tate] held me up against the wall and he slapped me hard and followed it with, ‘You wh*re’,” she told the BBC.
She said that Tate wanted to feel “completely in control”, and that she was intent on pleasing him. Sophie also alleged that he used to strangle her – including on one occasion that left her passed out, causing Tate to panic.
The relationship left her mentally “broken”.
She related how Tate vanished in the middle the night after she flew into Romania.
“I don’t feel like a victim. All the choices I made were of my free will – he didn’t bundle me up in a bag, throw me in the back of a lorry and drive me there,” Sophie said.
“But at what point does the emotional or psychological manipulation turn into being forced to do something?”
Prosecutors claim Tate would groom his alleged victims using the so-called “lover boy” method – convincing women he wanted a relationship with them before making them perform on camera.
“Everyone has been in love before, everyone knows the power of that emotion and the things you do for it,” Sophie went on.
“Any kind of rationale or logic leaves your body and you find yourself doing things you wouldn’t normally do – and this is one of those situations.”
Tate has previously bragged he had 75 women working for him, earning him approximately $871,863 (£500,000) a month.
He built up an image that appealed to teenage boys – creating an online empire that made him one of the most searched people on Google.
He was known for his expensive cars, he was seen with gorgeous women and smoked cigars.
Although the content is marketed as lifestyle advice and sexism, many are highly sexist. They also encourage violence against females.
His influence has had a worrying spread among young men and boys, with one UK MP saying he is “brainwashing” children.
Now many of his cars have been locked up by Romanian cops, who have seized more than $5.2 million (£3 million) worth of assets from him.
After a brief appearance on “The View”, Tate gained first fame. Big Brother.
After footage of him allegedly beating a woman online led to his removal from the reality show, he was then thrown out. Since then, he has been the object of much online outrage.
Labour MP Alex Davies-Jones called on the UK Government to take action on the spread of Tate’s content – with teachers already revealing its worrying impact in schools.
“Schools across the UK are in crisis as the effect of online influencer Andrew Tate’s vile misogyny infiltrates our classrooms and society,” Ms. Davies-Jones said.
“Teachers are now having to develop their resources to re-educate boys who are being brainwashed online by his deeply toxic messaging.”
Twitter banned Tate in 2017 for making controversial remarks and violating its terms of service.
In August, Tate was banned from a range of other social media sites – only to then be reinstated on Twitter after the company was taken over by Elon Musk.
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