Former British kickboxers Andrew and Tristan Tate, detained in Romania, have sued a Florida resident who accused them of human trafficking, as well as her family and two other people, British TV channel Sky News reports.
The brothers are seeking at least $5 million in their lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday against the woman, her parents, another woman who lived on the Tate estate, and a friend of the woman.
It is reported that a total of lawsuit filed against five people. Andrew and Tristan Tate believe that the people listed in the document conspired to “falsely accuse them of human trafficking and rape.” They note that the accusations and the subsequent detention in Romania cost them not only their freedom, but also millions of dollars in lost income from social networks and business projects. Tate lawyers claim that the brothers were victims of a swindler. “Woman is a serial liar, manipulator and schemer, she exploits vulnerable, often wealthy, well-intentioned men for sexual, financial and emotional gain,” the lawyers quoted the channel as saying.
The brothers speculate that she conspired with another British girl to swindle them out of money, and when that plan failed, they filed a human trafficking complaint with the US embassy in Romania.
Romanian police detained the Tate brothers on December 29 and charged with human trafficking and violence. The Bucharest court on December 30 decided to place them under arrest for 30 days. The Romanian authorities confiscated the brothers’ property worth about 3.6 million euros. The term of their arrest was repeatedly extended, at the end of March they were placed under house arrest.
Last spring, the US Embassy contacted the police because of the disappearance of an American citizen. She, along with another girl, was found in the house of the Tate brothers. Then the men were interrogated, but they were left free, but the investigation continued.
The police determined that in early 2021, four suspects (two British citizens and two Romanian citizens) created an organized crime group. To date, it is known about six injured girls who were subjected to violence. The girls were forced to participate in the production of pornographic material, which was then sold on online platforms. Some victims were forced to have sexual relations. In total, four people were detained, including a former employee of the Romanian police who helped the Tates.