(Bucharest) American-British influencer Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan, arrested in late December in Romania in a pimping case, must be “immediately released” and “under house arrest”, the Bucharest Court of Appeal ordered on Friday .

She “rejects the prosecution’s proposal to extend the pre-trial detention” and “replaces this preventive measure” with “house arrest”, indicates the judges’ decision, confirmed to AFP by the prosecution.

The two brothers, who claim their innocence, are behind bars with two alleged accomplices. They denounce their prolonged detention on several occasions and for the last time on March 22, always at the request of the prosecutors.

They are suspected of having deceived “several victims including minors” for “sexual exploitation” purposes, in particular for the production of pornographic films, according to the prosecutor’s office in charge of the fight against organized crime (DIICOT).

Andrew Tate is a former kickboxer who has millions of online subscribers and who promotes masculinist theses. He has been suspended in the past from several social networks for misogynistic remarks.

His Twitter account, now followed by 5.4 million subscribers, was restored when billionaire Elon Musk bought the social network. He coins his advice to men to help them become rich.