Richard Pryor’s widow has backed Quincy Jones’ recent claim that the late star had sex with Marlon Brando, but Pryor’s daughter has spoken out to deny it.
Jones made the comments in an interview with Vulture. During the same chat, he called The Beatles “the worst musicians in the world” and said that U2 are not writing good songs any more.
“Brando used to go cha-cha dancing with us,” Jones told Vulture. “He could dance his ass off. He was the most charming motherfucker you ever met.”
“He’d fuck anything,” Jones added. “Anything! He’d fuck a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye… He did not give a fuck!”
TMZ now reports that Pryor’s widow Jennifer has “confirmed” Jones’ claim that her late husband, the legendary US stand-up, slept with Brando.
“It was the ’70s! Drugs were still good, especially quaaludes.” she reportedly said. “If you did enough cocaine, you’d fuck a radiator and send it flowers in the morning.”
According to Pryor’s widow, the late star was privately open about his bisexuality and documented his sexual activities in diaries, which she hopes to publish later this year.
Pryor married Jennifer Lee in August 1981, divorcing in October 1982. They later remarried in June 2001 and remained married until Pryor’s death in December 2005.
However, Pryor’s daughter, Rain Pryor, has taken to Facebook to dismiss the claims in a series of posts.
“Daddy did NOT have relations with Brando,” she writes. “There were no trips to his South Pacific Oasis, no flowers or love notes between. Not even a film role.”
Rain goes on: “Why this sudden need to drag Daddy through the Hollywood mud? I find it tasteless and infuriating. At least get the details right, but of course we live in the age of faux news is real unless we disagree for our own agendas, and people need to stay relevant by dishing dirt.
She continues to dismiss Jones’ comments, saying that he “was once a brilliant music producer who is losing his mind, and decided to garner publicity for himself with a sensationalized interview”.