Did the Romanian pizza box video reply to Greta Thunberg give away Andrew Tate’s location?

Hours after Andrew Tate’s humiliating Twitter spat with climate activist Greta Thunberg, the controversial influencer has been arrested by Romanian authorities for investigation into human trafficking and rape.

The 36-year-old former kickboxer, who gained notoriety for his misogynistic views, was arrested by Romanian police after he descended on a villa where he was staying with his brother on Thursday.

It has been widely speculated on social media that the arrest may never have happened had he not posted a video to mock Ms Thunberg on Twitter.

Romania’s Organized Crime and Terrorism Investigation Directorate, which had been waiting nine months for the Tate brothers to return to Romania, mobilized forces and descended on their villa after learning they were in the country through their social media posts, sources close to the investigation told the Romanian outlet Gadul.

“Romanian authorities needed proof that Andrew Tate was in the country and allegedly used his social media posts,” civil rights lawyer Alejandra Caraballo tweeted, sharing a screenshot of Mr Tate’s video from the day before. .

“His ridiculous video yesterday featured a pizza from a Romanian pizza chain, Jerry’s Pizza, confirming he was in the country.”

However, in an interview with Washington Post, Ramona Bolla, a spokeswoman for the Organized Crime and Terrorism Investigation Branch, denied that the pizza boxes in the Twitter video played a role in Mr Tate’s arrest, saying “it was hard work to gather all the evidence”.

It started after Mr Tate tried to mock Ms Thunberg and tagged the climate activist in a tweet Positionasking for her email address to “send a complete list of my car collection and their respective massive emissions.”

The next day, the climate activist responded with a tweet of her own, replying, “Yes, please enlighten me. email me at smalldi***[email protected]

The exchange quickly went viral, with Ms Thunberg’s post garnering millions of likes and inspiring a number of trending topics.

Mr Tate hit back by sharing a video response, telling Ms Thunberg, a Nobel Prize nominee and year person of the year, to “take a life”.

In the video, Mr Tate was smoking a cigar in a robe and an off-camera person handed him a stack of pizza boxes from the Romanian pizza chain Jerry’s Pizza. He tried to make a joke by refusing to recycle the boxes to mock Ms Thunberg.

But Ms Thunberg had the last laugh, tweeting after Mr Tate’s arrest saying: “This is what happens when you don’t recycle your pizza boxes.”

The Tate brothers have been under criminal investigation since April. They were arrested along with two Romanian suspects.

“The four suspects … appear to have formed an organized crime group to recruit, house and exploit women by forcing them to create pornographic content intended to be viewed on specialized websites for a fee,” prosecutors said.

The former kickboxer has gained a large online following and has been banned from various social media sites for his offensive and often misogynistic views, such as that women should “shut up, have kids, stay at home, be quiet and make coffee.”

His Twitter account was reinstated along with Donald Trump and Kanye West following Elon Musk’s takeover.

In 2016, she was eliminated from the reality TV show Big Brotherafter a video emerged of him beating a woman with a belt and a second clip showed him telling the woman to count the bruises he had left on her body.

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