Controversial online influencer Andrew Tate has reportedly been detained in Romania as part of a human trafficking and rape investigation.
Mr Tate – who was detained alongside his brother Tristan – had his house raided in the capital, Bucharest.
A lawyer for the brothers confirmed their detention, Reuters said.
The 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.
He went on to gain notoriety online, with Twitter banning him for saying women should “bear responsibility” for being sexually assaulted. He has since been reinstated.
“The four suspects … appear to have created an organised crime group with the purpose of recruiting, housing and exploiting women by forcing them to create pornographic content meant to be seen on specialised websites for a cost,” prosecutors said, according to the Reuters news agency.
The brothers have been under investigation since April alongside two Romanian nationals.
Video circulated widely on social media appears to show Mr Tate and his brother being led away from a luxury villa.
Romania’s Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) issued a statement, but did not name the Tate brothers, stating that two British citizens and two Romanian citizens were suspected of being part of a criminal group focused on human trafficking.