Chances are you've never heard of Harun Yahya, Turkish televangelist and leader of an Islamic sex cult who was arrested today. Yahya was born Adnan Oktar and in addition to leading a sex cult and hosting a religious program is the owner of Turkish network A9 and considered a nationalist and supporter of Turkish PM Erdogan. Oktar and 160 others have been <a href="http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/televangelist-adnan-oktar-arrested-denies-charges-134731">arrested for various crimes</a>, but several children have accused Oktar personally of rape and sexual harassment. Oktar is pleading not guilty and claims the "plot" against him that has him embroiled in these current proceedings may be due to the fact that he is “a nationalist and Atatürkist person.”
“I live in the public eye. Everyone knows me as I live among the people and on TV. All the places I have been to are well-known,” he has said.
The alleged cult leader and rapist has even denied being the “leader of an organization.”
Charges being faced by him and the organization he claims not to lead include child sexual abuse, sexual intercourse with minors, kidnapping as well as tax infractions and terrorism. On his A9 religious program, he is surrounded by women who have undergone plastic surgery. He refers to them as his "kittens." The raid on the compound of the organization he claims not to lead led to six truckloads of historical artifacts and antiques, a massive amount of flash drives, weapons, bullets, luxury vehicles and large amounts of cash.
Harun Yahya is his alter ego and the pen name he used in writing Atlas of Creation, a book in which he argues Darwin's theory of evolution is the cause of global terrorism. This is just one of the over 300 books he's written which have been translated into 73 languages (according to his website).
What began with the complaints of seventeen children only grew. Within the last 7 days, 45 persons had brought forward some complaint including from six other countries outside of Turkey. Many of those abused complain that the rape and abuse had gone on from the age of 11 to 17. At least one 11-year-old child was said to have been <a href="http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/children-file-sexual-abuse-complaints-against-detained-turkish-televangelist-134617">brought to the cult by her own mother to be abused</a> by Oktar and the cult members. Women who attempted to leave were "coerced" back to the group by multiple means including being beaten up or having their eyebrows and hair shaved.
These women, Oktar's "kittens" were surgically altered to look alike with high cheekbones, slim waists and thick lips. They would appear with him on his religious program along with young men in the cult who he referred to as his "lions."