Musician Quincy Jones arrives for the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, in the USA, 3 December 2017.
The famous music producer Quincy Jones has “learned [his] lesson” after facing flack over a recent interview in which he claimed to know who killed John F. Kennedy, and that he dated Ivanka Trump.
On Thursday afternoon, Jones gave a detailed statement on Twitter about the “stupid” the information that he revealed in the now infamous interviews.
The music mogul tweeted, “A couple of weekends ago, six of my daughters (who I am proud of that) took me aside for a surprise ‘family intervention’ because of some of the stupid things I have said in two recent interviews, and…I have learned my lesson!”
— Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) February 22, 2018
The 85-year-old music producer, who referred to himself as an “imperfect human,” admitted that his ‘word vomit and bad talk” was “inexcusable,” but he added that his intentions were misunderstood.
“I tried to relay about racism, inequality, homophobia…you name it,” he explained. “I have already reached my friends in the private atmosphere, but if you have a public life, you have a responsibility to set an example, and since I lead a public life, I wanted to make a public apology,” its statement continued.
In Jones’ of February an interview with Vulture magazine, he shared shocking claims that the comedian Richard Pryor slept with “the Godfather” actor Marlon Brando.
“Brando used to go to cha-cha dancing with us,” Jones told Vulture. He could dance his a— off. He was the most charming mother f—you ever met. He would f— something. Nothing! He would f— mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye.”
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The producer also claimed that the late Michael Jackson stole a lot of his material from other artists.
“Michael stole a lot of things. He stole a lot of songs. [Donna Summer’s] ‘State of Independence’ and ‘Billie Jean.’ The notes are not, man. He was as Devilish as they come . . . Greedy man. Greedy,” he said.
In a January interview with GQ, Jones revealed that he had 22 girls around the world who know everything about each other.
“Anywhere,” he assured the interviewer. “Cape town. Cairo. Stockholm—they come next week. Brazil—Belo Horizonte, Sao Paulo and Rio. Shanghai—do you have a nice girl, from Shanghai, man. Cairo, whew.”
At the end of Jones’ Twitter statement, he brought out an ode to “anyone who [are] words offended,” to make clear that he is “not afraid to say [sorry].”
“I’m especially sorry for my friends who are here with me, and those that are not. These friends are like blood family to me,” he said.
The father of actress Rashida Jones then thanked his family for encouraging him to acknowledge and apologize for his recent claims.
“To my dear family and friends….thank you for your grace. Thank you for calling me when I have clearly made a mistake…lots of mistakes. Even though it is sometimes difficult to receive criticism or discipline, (especially in public), I want you to know that I hear you.”
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