Andrew Tate to remain in Romanian police custody after losing appeal to be freed

Divisive internet personality Andrew Tate will remain in police custody for the full 30 days he was remanded to alongside his brother and two other suspects pending a criminal investigation for human trafficking, a Romanian court ruled late on Tuesday (Romanian time).

Tate, his brother Tristan and two Romanian female suspects were detained by Romanian anti-organised crime prosecutors on December 29 on charges of forming an organised crime group to sexually exploit six women.

They have denied wrongdoing through an attorney and have challenged the arrest warrant.

On Wednesday (NZ time), the Bucharest court of appeals said it rejected the challenge.

Tate's controversial past

Earlier this year Tate, or as some have labelled him, "the king of toxic masculinity", rose to fame with his radical views on women, relationships, and masculinity, influencing young boys all over the world.

"In the modern world, they are going to call you sexist and misogynistic, but I am none of those things," Tate said in one video.

"If you don't believe in depression, you can't become depressed, and I refuse to believe in something that's going to weaken me," he said in another.

Tate himself said one reason why he moved to Romania was that he believes their police are less likely to pursue sexual assault allegations.

He's also said rape victims should bear some responsibility and that younger women are better to have sexual relationships with.

- Reuters, with Newshub