Third extension of Andrew Tate's detention

On February 1, after completing his trial in Bucharest, Andrew Tate left the building

Controversial influencer Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan will remain in detention until at least the end of March after having their custody in Romania extended a third time.

The two were detained in December on suspicion of rape, human trafficking, and organizing a gang of criminals.

Any wrongdoing has been denied by both men.

Up until now, their detention had been maintained through February 27; it has now been extended for an additional 30 days.

Georgiana Naghel and Luana Radu, two Romanian women detained with the brothers, will be freed and placed under house arrest instead of being kept in custody.

Earlier on Tuesday, prosecutors requested the most recent extension. The judges' ability to "exercise permanent psychological control over the victims" was used to support the previous extension.

The Tate brothers reportedly threatened legal action against at least one woman who accused him of rape and human trafficking, according to a BBC report from last week. They threatened to sue the woman and her parents for $300 million (£249 million) if they didn't retract their claims in a "cease-and-desist" letter sent on their behalf by a US attorney.

Journalists were briefed by the Tates' attorneys following the filing of today's extension request that no new evidence had been presented at the hearing and that the prosecution's case did not warrant the brothers' continued detention.

Last week, a legal representative for the brothers told the BBC that they would appeal any decision to keep them detained past next Monday. She was asked how the brothers were handling their continued detention, and she said it was "very challenging".

Mr Tate, a former kickboxer, rose to fame in 2016 when he was removed from British TV show Big Brother over a video which appeared to show him attacking a woman.

After being banned from Twitter for saying that women should "bear responsibility" for being sexually assaulted, he went on to become well-known online. He was then given his position back.

Despite restrictions on social media, he became well-liked, especially among young men, by endorsing what he portrayed as an excessively luxurious and masculine lifestyle.

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