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Tate, his brother Tristan and two Romanian women were placed under house arrest while under investigation for alleged human trafficking and rape.

Controversial online influencer and self-described misogynist Andrew Tate and his brother have been placed under house arrest while under investigation for alleged human trafficking and rape after a Romanian court struck down a request by prosecutors to keep them in police custody until the end of April.

Tate, his brother Tristan and two Romanian suspects have been in police custody since December 29. Prosecutors are investigating them on suspicion of human trafficking, rape and the formation of a criminal gang to sexually exploit women.

Accompanied by their Romanian lawyers, the brothers, who deny all charges brought against them, were released at around midnight (21:00 GMT) on Friday from the police detention center facility in Bucharest. The two female suspects were also released.

“We consider the court decision to be legal, complete and correct,” Tate’s lawyer Eugen Vidineac told reporters on Friday.

He said the brothers were prohibited from contacting witnesses and from leaving the house without the approval of authorities.

“We still don’t have the motivation from the court, we don’t know if there are other interdictions,” Vidineac said.

“We’re going home,” Tristan Tate told reporters in Romanian outside the prison. His brother Andrew had no comment.

A small group of supporters waited for them outside the prison, chanting “Top G”, as Andrew Tate is known to his online followers.

Earlier this week, the same Bucharest appeals court rejected the Tate brothers’ request for bail.

In previous rulings extending their stay in police custody, judges said the Tate brothers posed flight risks and that their release could jeopardize the investigation.

“The four will go out tonight,” Ramona Bolla, a spokeswoman for Romania’s DIICOT anti-organized crime unit, told Reuters news agency. “The decision is final, the investigation continues.”

Asked if Friday’s ruling will speed up the investigation, Bolla said prosecutors have until the end of June to send the suspects to trial.

Under Romanian law, prosecutors have filed charges against the four suspects, but the case is still under investigation and has not gone to trial.

Prosecutors have said the Tate brothers recruited their alleged victims by seducing them and falsely claiming they wanted a relationship or marriage. The victims were then forced to produce pornographic content for the social networking sites which generated huge financial gains.

The Tate brothers moved to Romania several years ago, and Tristan has a baby boy who was born after his arrest.

As part of the investigation, Romanian police raided several properties linked to the Tate brothers and seized many of their assets, including a collection of luxury cars.

A court document from January said a woman was “recruited” from the UK after falling in love with Andrew Tate, who then took her to Romania “with the aim of sexually exploiting her”.

In 2016, Tate appeared on the reality show “Big Brother” in the UK, but was removed after video surfaced showing him attacking a woman.

He then took to social media to promote his divisive views before being banned from various social media platforms for misogynistic comments and hate speech.

Tate was allowed back on Twitter, where he has 5.5 million followers, after South African-born billionaire Elon Musk bought the company.

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