Quincy Jones denies casino mogul made threats
FILE - In this April 27, 2011 file photo, Steve Wynn is interviewed in Las Vegas. Wynn and porn producer Joe Francis faced off before jurors Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, with the casino mogul denying that he threatened to kill the "Girls Gone Wild" founder and saying the accusation is threatening his upscale casinos. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Music mogul Quincy Jones testified Thursday that he never told "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis that casino mogul Steve Wynn had threatened to kill the soft-porn producer and have him buried in the desert.
The Grammy-winning record producer shook his head repeatedly under questioning before a jury as an attorney described Francis' accusations, which Jones called fiction.
Francis says Jones told him that Wynn had threatened to hit him over the head with a shovel and have him buried in the desert. Francis also says Jones showed him a stack of emails supposedly detailing the threats. Francis said under oath that Jones told him Wynn was a gangster and "old Vegas."
"That sounds like a line from 'Scarface,'" Jones said. He added that he would like to see the emails Francis claims he displayed.
FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2010 file phtoo Joe Francis arrives at a screening of the film "The Next Three Days," in Los Angeles. Steve Wynn and Francis faced off before jurors Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, with the casino mogul denying that he threatened to kill the "Girls Gone Wild" founder and saying the accusation is threatening his upscale casinos. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
Francis acknowledges he never read the emails and didn't ask Jones, who is his next-door neighbor, to let him read them.
Wynn has vehemently denied he ever threatened Francis. Wynn has testified that Francis' comments are damaging to his reputation and could hurt business at his Las Vegas resorts, the Wynn and Encore.
He told jurors Tuesday that he had never sent an email in his life, and Jones said he hadn't ever seen one sent by Wynn.
Jones was one of the final witnesses in a three-day trial that has given jurors some insight into how Las Vegas works, administratively at least. Witnesses have described the invasive and complicated vetting process that casino executives such as Wynn must complete, and a casino boss threatening a patron over a debt would almost surely prompt an investigation, an expert testified Thursday. A Wynn worker also testified about how high-roller patrons are similarly vetted financially to ensure they can pay back their gambling losses, a process that failed in Francis' case.