Lil’ Rel recently said he saw first hand what women associated with R. Kelly go through when he worked with him a few years back. While working on the set of Kelly’s Trapped In The Closet as a stand-in for Michael K. Williams, Rel said he met a woman and was quite friendly until she suddenly turned cold.
“There was another stand-in, a young lady that was actually one of his background dancers too for a couple of his tours,” he said while visiting Jimmy Kimmel Live! “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!”
The account he gave is very similar to the women interviewed on Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly who said the “Ignition” singer would keep them isolated. The Get Out actor said once he did get a change to speak to the women privately, she confirmed that Kelly wanted her to keep her distance from him.
“I pulled her to the side and I’m like ‘Yo, did I do something?’ and she was like ‘Nah, he doesn’t want me talking to y’all’ and I was like ‘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.”
Rel later had an opportunity to meet R. Kelly one-on-one at a birthday party for the late director John Singleton but turned it down after losing respect for the disgraced singer.
“I guess he wanted to meet me and he sent somebody to me and we were all in this VIP area . . . ‘Man, I’m good,’” he said. “That’s a true story. I’m like ‘I’m good’ and the thing about it is, it wasn’t even about the allegations with me. He was so extra like that sometimes and I ain’t like that. Everybody knows I’m from the West Side of Chicago and I own who I am. That’s too much, bro. Just come speak to me, fam.”
Watch the interview below.