The statement didn’t name Tate directly, though an accompanying video of the arrest appeared to show Tate, who is British, being led away in handcuffs. Romanian authorities and spokespeople for Tate have not responded to NPR’s requests for confirmation.
Romanian media reports said Tate had been detained for questioning, and Reuters reported that it had confirmed the incident with Tate’s lawyer.
OK, so what does Greta Thunberg have to do with it?
Tate had already been in the public eye this week after picking a seemingly random Twitter fight with Thunberg, the 19-year-old climate activist.
On Tuesday, he posted a photo of himself standing next to a Bugatti, captioned by the text, “Hello @GretaThunberg. I have 33 cars. [...] Please provide your email address so I can send a complete list of my car collection and their respective enormous emissions.”
The next day she tweeted back, “Yes, please do enlighten me. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.” More than 3 million users liked the post.
Tate then posted a video of himself seated in a paneled room, wearing a Versace robe, smoking a cigar, describing Thunberg as a bitter “slave of the matrix” who's trying to “convince you to beg your government to tax you into poverty to stop the sun from being hot.”