- Andrew Tate’s bodyguard described life around him in an interview while his boss is in jail.
- Bogdan Stancu said Tate’s Bucharest home was full of women who were thinking of marrying him.
- Cheating on women with a fake relationship is part of the “loverboy method” according to authorities, according to Tate.
Bogdan Stancu, who worked at the Tate compound in Bucharest, Romania, for two years, told the outlet that women around Tate thought they would marry her.
“Some of the girls misunderstood reality and believed [they would] to be his next wife,” he said, describing their delirium.
Stancu speculated, without providing specific evidence, that this could have led to the allegations against Tate.
“When they realize the reality, it’s easy to go from friend to foe and give a statement to the police,” he told the BBC.
Stancu also told the BBC he continues to support Tate, who is in prison while Romanian police continue to investigate him.
There is another way to interpret Stancu’s description of women in the Tate circle. Falsely believing you are in a relationship with someone is a common feature of a type of human trafficking, which Romanian prosecutors said Tate employed.
They said he used the so-called “loverboy” strategy to manipulate women into creating pornography for his online business.
The Romanian investigation agency DIICOT arrested Tate, his brother Tristan and two romanian women on December 29 for forming a criminal group. They face allegations of human trafficking and rape.
A press release by DIICOT published after Tate’s arrest cited the “loverboy” method, which Umar Zeb, senior partner at law firm JD Spicer Zeb Solicitors, told Insider as common in trafficking cases.
It works by “trapping vulnerable victims,” Zeb said, and “tricking them into believing they’re entering into a romantic relationship.”
“Once victims have essentially fallen in love, they are then forced into various exploitative measures, including human trafficking for the sex industry,” he said.
Tate openly described how he recruited women for his business, in terms that sound a lot like the loverboy method.
For example, on his now-deleted website, he said he would make women fall in love with him so “she does whatever I say and then puts her on webcam so we can become rich together”.
Social media has played a huge role in empowering traffickers over the past few years, Zeb said. when he spoke to Insider earlier for an article earlier in January.
“Not only can victims be searched more widely due to the scope, but the methods of coercion have changed,” he said.
“What was once a long scam, carried out over a long period of time, has now become a much faster form of entrapment, as victims are threatened with blackmail, for example exposure of pornographic images and violence.”
Stancu told the BBC he would “never doubt Andrew” and called the women who made the allegations “young and stupid”.
Tate’s attorney, Eugen Vidineac, argues that his clients are innocent and disputes that there is evidence against them.
Vidineac too told the Romanian outlet The Thought that Tate is not the “violent, uneducated and abusive character” he is made out to be, and argued what he said on social media should not be used as evidence against him.