Andrew Tate’s lawyer said he was skeptical of his client’s conspiratorial posts.
Tate has attributed his arrest in Romania to a “The Matrix” conspiracy.
When asked about this by Turkish broadcaster TRT, Tate’s lawyer laughed and said he didn’t know what Tate meant.
Andrew Tate’s attorney has distanced himself from his client’s conspiratorial claims that “Matrix” was behind the criminal investigation against him.
Lawyer Eugen Vidineac seemed uncomfortable with Tate’s words when asked about it in an interview with Turkish public broadcaster TRT World.
The interview aired on Thursday, but it took a few days to spread. The exchange about “The Matrix” appeared in a clip posted to YouTube on Tuesday.
Tate has repeatedly referred to “The Matrix,” referring to a dark but vague conspiracy against him, as in the 1999 film.
When asked about it, Vidineac laughed and said he didn’t know what the references meant.
“I have a serious job and I haven’t asked my client about this Matrix story because I think it’s about something on media platforms or internet platforms,” Vidineac said.
When the interviewer said that Tate appears to think a global network of tech platforms and governments are trying to silence him, Vidineac said he doesn’t think that’s the case.
“When we discuss my client’s beliefs, you should question him on the matter in due course,” Vidineac said. “This matter has nothing to do with my practice as a lawyer.”
Romanian authorities arrested Tate, his brother Tristan and two Romanian women on December 29 on charges of trafficking and manipulating women as part of their webcam business.
The allegations included an allegation of rape. The group are scheduled to remain in jail for the remainder of January after a judge denied their request for release while the investigation continues.
Tate’s Twitter account posted during his arrest and detention, suggesting a dark conspiracy was involved in the events. Not long after his arrest, the account tweeted that “The Matrix sent their agents.”
He also tweeted that the Matrix “attacked” him after reports suggested he had been hospitalized.
Elsewhere in the TRT interview, Vidineac said his clients did not acknowledge the allegations against them and would provide evidence to investigators.
He also said all of the women in the homes searched by investigators had access to their own phones and were not being kept inside against their will.
Vidineac also pushed back the media coverage that focused on Tate’s earlier video clips, in which he willingly described how women were being manipulated to create porn for his company, and suggested that it shouldn’t be taken seriously.
“Are you talking about the real Andrew Tate in these videos, or are you talking about a character?” he said. “Because I think a lot of people are posting content online these days just to sell an image, a character. I’m not sure we’re talking about the real Andrew Tate person.”
Vidineac also said it’s too early to say whether or not the case against Tate is strong because the investigation is ongoing.
At the end of the interview, Vidineac said Tate was “disappointed” but ready to “help investigators find the truth.”
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