A FORMER Playboy model says disgraced influencer Andrew Tate tried to lure her into his territory in Romania before he was arrested for rape and human trafficking.
Carla Howe, 32, told friends that the former kickboxer and Big Brother contestant sent her “controlling and aggressive” messages.
The blonde model said she thought she had a “lucky escape” following Tate’s arrest this week in Romania as part of an investigation into allegations of rape, human trafficking and organized crime.
Tate, born in Washington DC but raised in Luton, was arrested along with his brother Tristan and two Romanian women.
The two women turned out to be Tate’s model girlfriend and ex-cop, who were captured with him at their luxurious Romanian mansion.
They are accused of keeping six women under 24-hour “house arrest” in their home on the outskirts of the Romanian capital Bucharest.
The six women were allegedly forced to make porn and were not allowed to leave their homes.
Carla told pals that she believed she was one of the influencer’s alleged victims, as his tactics were eerily similar to those allegedly committed against six women who were allegedly held in his home.
She told friends: “He wanted me to go to Romania and I was tempted. Now I think how it could have ended badly. I would probably never leave the house.”
Carla claimed that when they first started chatting online in February, Tate showered her with compliments and romantic messages.
But the messages allegedly soon took on a darker tone, becoming “controlling and aggressive.”
She told friends that he tried to stop her from going on holiday to Spain with a friend, insisting that she should “submit” to him.
As they continued to talk, Carla said that Tate had asked her to fly to Romania to visit him.
She told the 35-year-old that she couldn’t “come to another country to meet someone I’ve never met.”
But later she changed her mind and agreed with a friend about a trip in August.
Tate was blocked on Instagram, which abruptly ended their conversation and prevented Carla from flying to an Eastern European country to see him.
Everything could have turned out very differently if I had left.
She told friends, “I was lucky to escape. I thought I would give him a chance, and I was tempted to start a relationship with him.”
Carla added: “Things could have turned out very differently if I left – I hate to think.”
And she was horrified when the extent of the allegations against Tate were revealed this week.
Romanian investigators launched an investigation into Tate after the US embassy in Bucharest raised the alarm after discovering that the American was being held in the city against her will.
The 22-year-old, whose name cannot be released for legal reasons, managed to recover her mobile phone and called her boyfriend in the US, who alerted the embassy.
Carla moved into the Hugh Hefner Playboy Mansion with her twin sister Melissa back in 2011.
A friend told the Mail Online that Tate’s “mysterious” movements meant he only made occasional visits to London.
When Carla asked Tate why he never stays long, he told her, “Because I get in and out. Like a ninja businessman.”
She also said that his messages became jealous and possessive despite the fact that they had never even met.
The friend said, “He told her, ‘You’d better not cheat on me.’ He told her that she couldn’t talk to men or go to parties and told her that she should stay at her hotel.”
Tate is also reported to have said things to Carla such as, “You must obey me. I am your man.”
The couple finally met for the first time just last month when Carla traveled to Dubai to act as ring girl for Floyd Mayweather’s fight with Deji Olatunji.
Tate was front row at the event, and a video of the moment they met was posted on TikTok.
However, Tate left the fight early after a fight broke out in the arena and he and his entourage were taken away.
As a result of the charges against him, Tate is currently being held for 30 days in a “hellish” Romanian prison cell.
Andrew and his brother built a dirty Romanian empire on a dubious webcam scam.
Tate broke his silence after his arrest on Friday when his Twitter account is updated while he remains behind bars.
The account’s tweet reads: “The Matrix has sent its agents.”
Since then, his account has retweeted Elon Musk’s tweet that also mentions the sci-fi movie.
Today, a cryptic message appeared on his account and a link to his personal website.
“The answer is out there somewhere,” the tweet read. “He is looking for you. And he will find you if you want it.”
Tate’s arrest and rape investigation comes days after he ignited a childish verbal altercation with teenage eco-warrior Greta Thunberg on Twitter.
A Swedish activist ridiculed the “toxic” Tate for having “little energy” after he goaded her with a tweet about his expensive car collection.
This prompted a strange response to a video message in which he ranted about Greta, wearing a red and gold robe, smoking a cigar and holding pizza boxes.
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