Lil Rel Howery Tells Creepy Story About Working On The Set Of R. Kelly's 'Trapped In The Closet'
Lil Rel Howery said R. Kelly forced a woman to stop speaking to other cast members during the filming of 'Trapped in the Closet.'
November 08, 2019 at 6:20 pm
Comedian Lil Rel Howery added to the mountain of stories about R. Kelly's abusive behavior toward women during an interview with Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday.
While performing as a stand-in during the filming of Trapped in the Closet, Howery said the singer forced a woman to stop speaking to other men in the cast after he saw her laughing and smiling one day.
"It wasn't necessarily acting but I did stand-in work for R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet series. I did stand-in for the cop, Michael K. Williams, and my brother — this is a true story — I got them to hire him to do stand-in work … for the little guy, but he's not a little guy. He's, like, five-eight. The little guy was walking around like 'This is my stand-in? You couldn't find nobody like me?'" Howery joked before delving into the disgraced musician's strange behavior.
"There was another stand-in, a young lady that was actually one of his background dancers too for a couple of his tours. We were just talking the whole time, getting to know each other, laughing, and having a good time. But every time she laughed, I found him just, like, staring at me. So we come back to set the next day right and she's not talking to us at all, right? At all!"
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Howery said he pulled the woman to the side and asked her if he did anything wrong.
"And she was like 'Nah, he doesn't want me talking to y'all' and I said 'Who?' and she's like 'Robert!' So she didn't talk to us the rest of the time we were filming it and it was just, like, it was just crazy and I remember him smirking about it," he added.
He went on to tell another strange story about Kelly trying to hang out with him once he became famous. The singer sent someone to get the comedian when they were at the same VIP party. Howery, who is also from Chicago, said it was peculiar and that he would rather speak to him personally rather than through an assistant.
"I'm like, I'm good. That's the thing, it wasn't even about the allegations. He was so extra like that sometimes and I ain't like that. Everybody knows I'm from the West Side of Chicago, so I own who I am. That's too much, bro. Just come speak to me, fam," Howery said.
Kelly recently hired a new lawyer as he faces 13 charges related to the sexual abuse of minors in Illinois and other racketeering charges in New York.