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Casino Mogul Steve Wynn Accuses Joe Francis of Slander

Angela Weiss/Getty Images/Kevin Mazur/WireImage(LAS VEGAS) -- The courtroom clash between two Las Vegas personalities - casino mogul Steve Wynn and Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis - is finally moving forward but without a star witness.

Music legend Quincy Jones was excused from testifying on medical grounds in the pair's slander trial expected to get underway next week, the New York Daily News reports.

In a written order, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joanne O'Donnell granted Jones' request "in light of the declarations of Mr. Jones and his physician," according to the paper.

Jones, 79, had been dragged into the bitter, more than three-year court feud between the two by Francis, who calls Jones one of his best friends and claims that he showed him an email from Wynn in which the mogul threatened to murder Francis over a gambling debt.

In the alleged email from Wynn, the mogul allegedly plotted to have Francis, 39, killed by bashing him "in the back of the head with a shovel" and then digging him a sandy grave away from the Las Vegas Strip, according to court documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in 2010.

Wynn, 70, who owns the hotel where Prince Harry recently partied in Vegas, denies that such an email exists and included Jones, a 27-time Grammy Award winner, on his witness list.

Legal experts say that without Jones, Wynn's defense is weak.

"Jones is the key to this case," legal analyst Larry Walters told ABC News. "Without Jones there is no death threat because there is no email that has been produced."

The court battle between the two moguls began in 2009 when Francis, who has a reported $150 million fortune and has faced charges of tax evasion, child abuse and prostitution in the past, refused to pay a $2 million debt owed to one of Wynn's casinos.

After Francis publicly accused Wynn of deceptive practices at his casinos, Wynn sued him for defamation. In February a Nevada judge ruled in favor of Wynn and ordered Francis to pay $7.5 million.

Wynn's camp argues that Francis' latest allegations against Wynn of threatening murder amount to slander because of their impact on his reputation.

"Joe Francis says he saw emails that don't exist," Wynn's attorney said in a statement to ABC News. "Everything is a lie."

Francis had no comment on the case when contacted by ABC News.

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Rashida Jones Recalls a Carefree Michael Jackson

Neilson Barnard/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Growing up in Hollywood as the child of famous parents proved to be very interesting for Rashida Jones. The star of Parks and Recreation tells the November issue of Playboy that one of her close friends when she was a kid was none other than Michael Jackson. Her father, Quincy Jones, produced several of Jackson’s albums including Off the Wall and Thriller.

In the interview, Rashida reveals the two would often go looking for trouble, and recalls one incident when they got together with Webster star Emmanuel Lewis.

Rashida says Michael "was definitely a little bit of an alien, for sure, and when I was young, it felt as if he was my age, not 18 years older, but with just a little bit more pep. Later, we'd go out on the town together. He always wore those surgical masks. Once, my sister, Michael, Emmanuel Lewis and I got in a car with Super Soakers and went by a movie theater and super-soaked the hell out of people waiting outside in line. They had no idea they'd just been super-soaked by the King of Pop."

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Quincy Jones Thinks Posthumous MJ Material Should 'Stay in Vault'

Photo Courtesy - Epic Records(NEW YORK) -- There's been a lot of controversy surrounding the posthumous album by Michael Jackson that's being released Dec. 14.  Some don't believe the vocals on the album are actually the late King of Pop, while others don't think the music should be released, regardless.  Now, you can add Jackson's longtime producer and friend, Quincy Jones, to the list of people who believe the latter.

Jones tells US Weekly magazine, "No way should it be coming out.  It should have all stayed in the vault."  He went on to explain, "It's all to make money. He wouldn't have wanted it to come out this way...He wouldn't have wanted anything out there that he didn't put his final touches on."

As for whether or not it's really Jackson on the album, Jones says he "hasn't had a chance to listen yet," and from what he's heard, he says, "it's backed up by so many voices where I can't really dig down deep identify it."

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