An email apparently sent by Andrew Tate from jail in Romania has described his living conditions in his cell as dark and infested with cockroaches, lice, and bed bugs.
“They are trying to break me,” said the email, sent to subscribers of Tate’s newsletter on Monday.
“Thrown inside a cell without light. Cockroaches, lice, and bed bugs are my only friends at night. When the guards bring me to and from the courtroom, I stay absolutely respectful. They try to pour hatred into my heart.”
The email was sent to Tate’s subscriber list, but has been screen-grabbed and reposted many times to Twitter. Excerpts also appear in UK tabloid The Daily Mirror.
Insider contacted authorities in Romania to ask about the jail conditions, but did not immediately hear back.
In a December article, Insider’s Charles R. Davis noted that the US State Department had criticized the “inadequate sanitation” and lack of natural light in Romanian jails. A 2022 report by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment found several jail cells in four different prisons to contain cockroaches and mold and have bed bug infested mattresses.
In his email, Tate promised to update his fans with “daily lessons from unjust imprisonment” and asks them to “stick with me at all times.”
He also claims the guards think he is “innocent” and are “just performing their job, they have families to feed.”
“My absolute respect for everyone around me is my act of absolute rebellion,” the emails reads. “They cannot break me.”
Tate and his brother, Tristan, are to stay in Romanian custody until February 27. The brothers and two Romanian women were arrested last month in connection with a human trafficking and rape investigation.
Prosecutors have accused them of constructing an operation that exploited and forced women into making content for an online porn website, specifically citing the “loverboy method” — a known human trafficking technique where men seduce and manipulate women into sex work.
They have all denied the allegations, and Tate, or more likely a representative, has been defiantly tweeting updates from jail.
“In the darkened silence of solitary confinement there is almost no noise,” one recent tweet said. “Pray for me, I can hear you.”
He also tweeted out an email address for fans to write to, saying “they finally allowed me to receive mail.”