On Monday, BuzzFeed dropped a bombshell report that parents of some young women are concerned that their daughters are being kept in a sex "cult" by musician Robert "R." Kelly. The worried parents claim that Kelly has brainwashed the young women (whom he calls his "babies") into serving as what sounds like some sort of harem.
BuzzFeed alleges that the 50-year-old musician (who married his manager's 15-year-old niece, singer Aaliyah, in 1994) is controlling what the women wear, when they bathe, and when and what they eat. Their sexual acts with Kelly are reportedly recorded and the videos shown to his friends. Cheryl Mack, Kelly's former personal assistant, told BuzzFeed, “You have to ask for food. You have to ask to go use the bathroom. [Kelly] is a master at mind control. . . He is a puppet master.”