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Andrew Tate’s ex-girlfriend ‘branded’ with tattoo of his name

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Andrew Tate’s ex-girlfriend has told of how she was branded with a tattoo of his name.

As reported by The Sun, the anonymous British woman – identified only as Sophie – alleged she was slapped, strangled and subjected to sexual violence by Tate after he lured her to Romania.

Sophie claimed she was pulled in by the promise of romance after first striking up a relationship with Tate on Facebook.

The former model alleged she was tightly controlled by Tate – with him even “fining” her if she went out with friends without his permission – in an interview with BBC radio show File on 4.

A spokesman for Tate denied all allegations and insisted all sexual behaviour between him and Sophie was “consensual” when speaking to The Sun.

“Andrew denies all accusations that featured in the File on 4 documentary on BBC Radio 4,” the spokesman said.

“The allegations of sexual violence have been taken out of context as this was consensual between both parties.”

Sophie claimed she was eventually able to escape from Tate, and said she was not surprised when he was arrested last year in Romania.

“I knew, I said to all my friends, it’s a matter of time before they figure out what was going on,” she said.

Tate and his brother Tristan remain in prison as prosecutors and police investigate his dealings, including allegations of rape against Tate.

Sophie initially described a very positive relationship with the “charming” 36-year-old.

But after she moved to Romania to be with him, he allegedly became controlling, violent and she was lured into his webcam operation.

She even described how she was pressured to get a tattoo of Tate’s name on her arm.

“There was another girl that had one done, he was sending me pictures of it,” she said. “It felt like something I had to do.”

Tate would “chip away” at her until she finally agreed to perform on webcam for him.

“If you love me, you would do it; if you care about me, you would do it,” Tate would allegedly tell Sophie.

She said that everything she did was to keep Tate happy, but the controlling behaviour and violence became worse.

“[Tate] held me up against the wall and he slapped me really hard and followed it with, ‘You wh*re’,” she told the BBC.

She said that Tate wanted to feel “completely in control”, and that she was intent on pleasing him. Sophie also alleged that he used to strangle her – including on one occasion that left her passed out, causing Tate to panic.

The relationship left her mentally “broken”.

She described how after she flew out to Romania, she spent a few days with Tate, only for him to then vanish in the middle of the night.

“I don’t feel like a victim. All the choices I made were of my free will – he didn’t bundle me up in a bag, throw me in the back of a lorry and drive me there,” Sophie said.

“But at what point does the emotional or psychological manipulation turn into being forced to do something?”

Prosecutors claim Tate would groom his alleged victims using the so-called “lover boy” method – convincing women he wanted a relationship with them before making them perform on camera.

“Everyone has been in love before, everyone knows the power of that emotion and the things you do for it,” Sophie went on.

“Any kind of rationale or logic leaves your body and you find yourself doing things you wouldn’t normally do – and this is one of those situations.”

Tate has previously bragged he had 75 women working for him, earning him approximately $871,863 (£500,000) a month.

He built up an image that appealed to teenage boys – creating an online empire that made him one of the most searched people on Google.

He showed off expensive cars, hung out with glamorous women and smoked cigars.

Masquerading as lifestyle advice, much of the content is actually highly sexist and promotes violence against women.

His influence has had a worrying spread among young men and boys, with one UK MP saying he is “brainwashing” children.

Now many of his cars have been locked up by Romanian cops, who have seized more than $5.2 million (£3 million) worth of assets from him.

Tate initially gained fame after a short-lived appearance on Big Brother.

He was dumped from the reality show after alleged footage of him beating a woman emerged online. Since then, he has sparked revulsion and outrage with a wave of content online.

Labour MP Alex Davies-Jones called on the UK Government to take action on the spread of Tate’s content – with teachers already revealing its worrying impact in schools.

“Schools across the UK are in crisis as the effect of online influencer Andrew Tate’s vile misogyny infiltrates our classrooms and society,” Ms Davies-Jones said.

“Teachers are now having to develop their own resources to re-educate boys who are being brainwashed online by his deeply toxic messaging.”

Washington DC-born Tate was banned from Twitter in 2017 for violating its terms of service with his controversial comments.

In August, Tate was banned from a range of other social media sites – only to then be reinstated on Twitter after the company was taken over by Elon Musk.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

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