Leaked chat logs from misogynistic influencer Andrew Tate’s ‘War Room’ group suggest scores of women were groomed into sex work, a new report has claimed.
The chat logs, obtained by the BBC, identify 45 potential victims between March 2019 and April 2020. The total number is ‘likely’ to be even higher, it reports.
The investigation carried out by the broadcaster also found reason to believe that despite being the public facing personality of the group, Tate is not its true leader, and that a a self-proclaimed ‘wizard’ who goes by the alias ‘Iggy Semmelweiss’ is.
Tate, a 36-year-old former kickboxer-turned influencer – along with his brother Tristan – has been charged in Romania with rape and human trafficking charges.
Earlier this month the pair were released from house arrest. Both deny any wrongdoing and say they are prepared to defend their innocence.
Leaked chat logs from misogynistic influencer Andrew Tate’s ‘War Room’ group suggest scores of women were groomed into sex work, a new report has claimed. Pictured: Tate is seen speaking to reporters on August 4 after he was released from house arrest in Romania
When the influencer was arrested in Romania in December, authorities accused him of using the ‘loverboy’ method to lure woman to his compound in Bucharest under the guise of having a relationship, before forcing them to do sex work.
Prosecutors alleged last month that as many as seven female victims had been brought to Romania where they were intimidated, kept under surveillance and forced to take part in pornography.
One alleged victim has also accused Tate of rape. Investigators say one defendant raped an alleged victim twice in March last year, according to a statement by Romanian prosecutors.
And previous leaks have appeared to show how Tate used the £6,300-a-year group to instruct his acolytes in how to manipulate and lure women into doing sex work.
Now, the BBC’s investigation and documentary titled ‘The Man Who Groomed The World’ has claimed that there have been dozens more victims of the alleged scheme carried out by members of Tate’s ‘War Room’ group.
This, the British broadcaster reported on Thursday, is based on 12,000 pages of encrypted message sent by hundreds of War Room members on the Telegram messaging app that it has obtained.
The BBC noted that the messages available to it in the investigation were limited to a 13-month time span, suggesting that many more women could have been targeted and exploited by the group, which was first founded in 2019.
In a statement to the broadcaster, Tate’s spokesperson said the findings represent ‘another brazen attempt to present one-sided, unverified’ allegations.
In an email statement to MailOnline, Tate’s spokesman said the allegations in the BBC documentary ‘are entirely baseless and without merit.’
The investigation carried out by the broadcaster found reason to believe that despite being the public facing personality of the group, Tate is not its true leader, and that a a self-proclaimed ‘wizard’ who goes by the alias ‘Iggy Semmelweiss’ (pictured) is
It is understood that the Tate brothers head up the War Room social network and Telegram channel, providing its members with access to their ‘teachings’ on sex, masculinity, and how to manipulate women.
While Tate’s allies have said War Room is nothing more than a self-help group, the Rolling Stone has previously reported sources as saying its a forum for coercing women to do online sex work for the group’s members.
Tate calls this the ‘PhD’ course, initials that he says stand for ‘Pimpin’ Hoes Degree’.
The BBC says that the leaked tranche of messages shows how the War Room’s leadership – known as ‘generals’ – instruct members to seduce, manipulate, coerce and isolate women before luring them into performing on webcams.
They are then told to take most of the money the women make, the report says.
Violence against women was taught and even encouraged by the so-called ‘generals’, the messages suggest, with some messages being photographs of a woman bent over with cuts and cruises on her backside.
One War Room member using the online alias ‘Joe Lampton’ wrote in a message that when a woman who worked for him complained, he ‘took her keyboard and hit her in the head with it,’ the BBC reported. This, he wrote, prompted her to go into a room where she ‘worked 7 hours without any break.’
It is understood that the Tate brothers (pictured in Romania, August 1) head up the War Room social network and Telegram channel, providing its members with access to their ‘teachings’ on sex, masculinity, and how to manipulate women
The investigation indicated that as of August 2022, Tate’s War Room group had 434 members around the world. Members pay $8,000 (£6,300) a year to join, suggesting the group could have been earning its owners more than £2.7 million per year.
It is unclear how many people are members of the group today.
The BBC said it was able to identify many of the women who were possibly abused by members of the group, as well as 29 women targeted over the same time period.
Its investigators spoke to two of the women – living thousands apart from one-another – and found War Room members exploited them using the same tactics.
Both women – one from Buenos Aires, Argentina and another from the West Coast of the United States – said they initially believed they were in romantic relationships.
However, the men gradually manipulated them into doing sex work, they told the BBC, using a strategy that is known as the ‘loverboy method’ – something that has been directly referenced by Romanian prosecutors.
They also both said they were subjected to violence, forced to perform menial tasks to demonstrate their loyalty, and were isolated from their friends.
The woman from America, given the pseudonym Amanda by the BBC, said she gave away up to 80 percent of what she earned – a total of $95,000 – to two members of Tate’s War Room group.
She also said she was slapped across the face by one of the ‘generals’.
A samurai statue is pictured inside the grounds of the so-called ‘Hustlers University’ belonging to Andrew and Tristan Tate, where they were under house arrest until this month, in Bucharest
The BBC says the leaked chats suggest War Room members believe they are performing ‘Pavlovian conditioning’ on the women they allegedly target.
One message said: ‘this is how you train dogs’.
The grooming methods, typically provided by ‘generals’ – and allegedly in some cases Andrew Tate himself – include ‘tests of submission’, such as a woman getting the initials of the War Room members tattooed on their bodies.
In its investigation, the British broadcaster says it spoke with a whistleblower named Eli who spent two years as the Head of Sales of Tate’s organisation.
‘The War Room is all about you getting women that serve you in your life,’ he told investigators, admitting that he was ‘brainwashed’ by what he describes as a ‘cult’.
Eli also highlighted another member who has previously been described as Tate’s ‘right hand man’ – Miles Sonkin, aka Iggy Semmelweiss.
Sonkin is a grey-bearded self-styled hypnotists – or ‘wizard’ – who calls himself Iggy Semmelweis after a 19th-century Hungarian physician.
In the past he has been reported to be ‘second in command’ of the War Room. But according to Eli, ‘Iggy is at the top.’
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Sonkin is a former member of at least two alleged cults, the BBC reports, and he developed an interest in the far-right in the 2000s.
It’s understood that he met Tate around 2018, shortly before the former kickboxer started selling his own courses. The War Room was founded in 2019.
When a member joins the War Room, it is understood that Sonkin sends them a reading list and a manifesto that outlines the group’s beliefs and purpose.
One message to the War Room group from Sonkin, displayed by the BBC and dated June 8, 2021, shows him teaching members ‘tactics’.
He instructs the members to manipulate a woman by ‘reducing attention and note if she chases’ and to ‘set up a ‘coffee date’ and execute a move to find out if she is willing to pay for our coffee and serve us.’
According to the BBC, he then wrote: ‘After that it becomes a series of gradual steps to remove her entire support structure from her life.
‘Then we ‘punish her for a transgression – real or imagined – by having her get our name tattooed on her, leaving her family’s home/apartment/town/country, WebCamming/stripping/walking the track for us, getting us girls’.
He then said to ‘escalate, escalate, escalate,’ the message shows.
The influencer was formally charged with rape, human trafficking and forming a criminal gang to exploit women in June. Pictured in front of their residence on August 4, 2023
In another message shared in the BBC’s investigation, Sonkin is seen telling War Room members that ‘isolating her from her family, friends, past is the kindest thing you can do for her if you are taking responsibility for having sole authority over her.’
Such methods demonstrate the same methods seen in messages leaked from the group that were reported on in July and pictured on social media.
In one message, according to Rolling Stone magazine, Tate himself described how he isolated one woman until she ‘lost her support networks at home’ and kept her at the compound in Bucharest.
‘The real goal is for her to agree to never go anywhere without me. Not even her home town. I need her working,’ he wrote, according to screenshots.
In the message, Tate allegedly tells followers he’ll be ‘making the play tonight’.
‘Since she moved [to Bucharest] she’s been fed. But nothing else,’ he wrote.
‘She’s broke. And she can’t go home. And she can’t leave the house. Man, I sound almost evil,’ he added according to the leaked messages.
Tate remains the public-facing leader of the group.
He has more than 7 million followers on Twitter and legions of fans – particularly young men – who view him as a role model, despite his up-coming trial in Romania.
Tate, his brother Tristan and their two female associates – Luana Radu and Georgiana Naghel – have all been charged in the case. The two women are suspected of assisting Tate and his brother in their alleged criminal operations.
All four deny wrongdoing.
In a statement to MailOnline, Tate’s spokesperson said: ‘Andrew has never engaged in any of the activities or behaviours described in the documentary and whilst he does encourage his supporters to consider joining The Real World and The War Room, he does not take an active leading role in these organisations.
‘Andrew Tate is a public figure who, like anyone else, deserves fairness and due process when faced with allegations or criticism.
‘It’s important to remember that accusations should be substantiated with credible evidence, not circumstantial evidence, before passing judgement.
‘We believe in the principles of innocent until proven guilty and encourage a fair, unbiased examination of any claims made against Andrew and Tristan Tate. It’s essential to avoid rushing to conclusions and to ensure that individuals are treated fairly and justly in the court of public opinion.’
In July, leaked messages demonstrated how Andrew Tate (left with his brother, Tristan) allegedly coerced women into doing sex work for him
Former police officer Luana Radu (left) and Georgiana Naghel (right) are suspected of assisting the Tate brothers in the crimes they are under investigation for
MailOnline has attempted to contact Miles Sonkin through the War Room website, but the contact forms block users from sending messages.
Earlier this month, the brothers won an appeal to be able to leave their home after months under house arrest but will have to stay in the country.
Speaking outside his Bucharest home at the time., Tate said: ‘Everybody who was pushing these lies and reporting things on repeat without any substantial evidence are going to have to analyse within themselves why they decide to try and destroy people’s lives purely for views.
The self-professed misogynist continued: ‘I’ve done nothing wrong, God knows I’ve done nothing wrong, in my heart I know I’ve done nothing wrong. I think the people at home with a functioning brain understand we’ve done nothing wrong.’
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