A Romanian judge has decided that controversial social media personality Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan will immediately be placed under house arrest rather than in detention.

The most recent period of imprisonment, which was scheduled to end on April 29, has been replaced by the Court of Appeal's decision in Bucharest.

Georgiana Naghel and Luana Radu, two coworkers, are also getting their freedom. Unless they obtain legal authority to leave, all four of them have been told to remain in the residences they currently occupy.

The brothers have been held since December, and they are currently under investigation for rape, human trafficking, and organising a gang. Each has refuted any misconduct.

Mr. Tate's attorneys contend that placing him in preventive detention is overly severe because there are other legal options, such as home arrest, that can be used instead.

Leaked court records detailed testimony from alleged victims who claimed they were threatened with physical abuse unless they earned €10,000 (£8,800) each month on social media networks.

In court documents, it was said that using debts as "a form of psychological coercion"

Since the start of the investigations in April of last year, six women have been named as victims by the prosecution.

The brothers and the two Romanian associates who were also detained have not yet been charged, though.

Former kickboxer Mr. Tate, a British-American, was kicked off the British television programme Big Brother in 2016 when a video surfaced that purported to show him assaulting a woman.