Crime Andrew Tate, Brother Tristan Released from Romanian Jail and Placed Under House Arrest The internet personality, his brother Tristan Tate and two Romanian women had been detained in a Romanian jail since December By Ingrid Vasquez Ingrid Vasquez Twitter Ingrid Vasquez is a Digital News Writer at PEOPLE. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor in Journalism. Before joining the team, she worked as an Editor at FanSided and provided work in the celebrity and lifestyle space for brands that include Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, EW, and more. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 31, 2023 10:15 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Andrew Tate has been placed under house arrest after spending months in a Romanian jail. The internet personality, 36 — along with his brother Tristan Tate and two Romanian women — was detained in December in connection to an investigation dealing with human trafficking, rape and forming an organized crime group. Andrew Tate, Brother Arrested in Connection to Human-Trafficking Case in Romania Ramona Bolla, a spokesperson for the Romanian anti-organized crime agency DIICOT, told the Associated Press that Andrew challenged a judge's decision last week that would have extended his arrest a fourth time for 30 days. DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty PEOPLE has reached out to DIICOT for comment but did not immediately hear back. On Friday, all four individuals were released and were placed under house arrest until April 29, Bolla told the AP, which reported that none of the individuals have been formally indicted yet. Tate's communications director, Mateea Petrescu, told Sky News, "They are not a flight risk, and they are not a danger to public safety, therefore [the authorities] have decided to release them under house arrest." Added Petrescu: "[It's] just a small step — they are still under investigation. They are absolutely ecstatic. They kept their spirits [in jail], they are really thrilled and looking forward to being at home — they have kept their optimism throughout." Andrew Tate Responds to Arrest In Romania: 'The Matrix Sent Their Agents' The Tate brothers have been under investigation since April, according to the Romanian daily newspaper Gândul. The publication said the investigation into the group began after a complaint was received that "a woman with American citizenship was being forcibly held at their residence." Several young women were found in a building located about 500 meters from the Bucharest villa, according to the paper. The American woman told investigators she met Tristan through a social media network, and he convinced her to buy a plane ticket to Romania. The woman contacted her ex-boyfriend, who reported the crime to the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest. Since the investigation began, reported the BBC, six women have been identified by prosecutors as victims. As the individuals were released on Friday, according to the AP, Tristan, 34, told a crowd of reporters, "The judges today made the right decision. I respect what they've done for me and they will be vindicated in their decision because I'm an innocent man and I can't wait to prove it." Making a return to social media the same day, he wrote on Twitter, "4 months without putting on a pair of alligator shoes. The struggle was real." Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Sign up for PEOPLE's free True Crime newsletter for breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage, and details of intriguing unsolved cases. Andrew also posted to Twitter following the release. Alongside a video of him smoking a cigar, he wrote: "Since last year, I've been in 24-hour lockdown. No yard time. Pacing a 3metre cell with zero electronics or outside contact. Absolute clarity of mind. Real thoughts. Real plans. Vivid pain. One hour home, and I can't stand my phone. Some habits die hard. We must defeat Shaytan."