A disturbing report by BuzzFeed News alleges singer R. Kelly is keeping half a dozen "brainwashed" young women against their will, controlling everything from how they dress to what they eat. BuzzFeed News describes Kelly luring women in with the promise of affection or mentorship, only to abuse them and keep them from contacting their families. "You have to ask for food. You have to ask to go use the bathroom," explained Kelly's former personal assistant, Cheryl Mack. "[Kelly] is a puppet master." Because the women are over the age of consent and well-being checks have not raised alarm, police cannot intervene. Kelly's lawyer said in a statement that Kelly "deserves a personal life. Please respect that."

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