Authorities say Andrew Tate's pizza box reveal was 'funny' but didn't lead to arrest
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An update in the unlikely feud between controversial internet personality Andrew Tate, climate change activist Greta Thunberg and the infamous pizza boxes has been revealed.
Earlier this week, Tate, 36, started a Twitter spat with Thunberg, 19, which led to him sharing an odd video response. However, it was thought that the pizza boxes featured in the clip, which he claims he won’t recycle, led to police raiding his house as part of a human trafficking investigation in Romania.
Social media was flooded with memes and responses after Thunberg, who was included in the Forbes list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women in 2019, savagely tweeted: "This is what happens when you don’t recycle your pizza boxes" after news of his arrest spread.
However, the arrest of the misogynistic former kickboxer and his younger brother on Thursday (29 December) was the result of a months-long investigation and the ‘hard job’ of ‘gathering all the evidence’.
Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIIOCT) spokesperson, Ramona Bolla, clarified some of the details surrounding Tate’s arrest.
“Funny, but no,” the spokesperson told the Associated Press in response to whether the pizza box ultimately disclosed Tate’s location.
Regardless, you should still recycle your pizza boxes if you can.
DIICOT released a statement, explaining that the men in custody recruited women who were subjected to ‘acts of physical violence and mental coercion,’ sexually exploited and forced to perform pornographic acts.
The statement reads: “The prosecutors of the Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism - Central Structure together with police officers from the Bucharest Organized Crime Brigade implemented 5 home search warrants in a case in which investigations under the aspect of committing the crimes of constituting an organised criminal group, human trafficking and rape.
"Victims were recruited by British citizens by misrepresenting their intention to enter into a marriage/cohabitation relationship and the existence of genuine feelings of love (the loverboy method).
"They were later transported and housed in buildings in Ilfov county where, by exercising acts of physical violence and mental coercion (through intimidation, constant surveillance, control and invoking alleged debts), they were sexually exploited by group members by forcing them to perform pornographic demonstrations for the purpose of producing and disseminating through social media platforms material having such a character and by submitting to the execution of a forced labour."