Did Quincy Jones Warn Jackson?

Michael Jackson is escorted into the Santa Barbara County courthouse in Santa Maria, Calif., by his attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr., Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005, for the second day of jury selection in his child molestation case.
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Michael Jackson's sleepovers with young boys are sure to come up in his molestation trial.

Now there's word that one of the most respected names in the music industry, Quincy Jones, reached out to his longtime friend and begged him to stop sharing his bed with children.

Harvey Levin, the executive producer of "Celebrity Justice," broke the story, and filled in viewers of The Early Show Friday.

The interventions, Levin says, took place "a couple of years ago, before the current scandal broke, before the documentary aired where Michael Jackson talked about sleeping, sharing his bed with children. And Quincy Jones was alarmed. That's the word I got – alarmed -- and felt that this would bring Michael Jackson down -- if only in the public perception, if he continued to do it. There were no signs (Jackson) was stopping and he really felt that he had to step in."

So, says Levin, Jones "went to Michael Jackson and made it very clear that -- he was very direct that he felt it was inappropriate. He felt it was wrong. He explained how it could destroy him.

"And Jackson was like a wall. He would not hear it. He didn't want to acknowledge any of it. And Quincy Jones was frustrated, and he went back again. This happened several times.

"This was something that was discussed among the people who were closest to Michael Jackson, people who liked him the most. And they felt he had to stop this. He would absolutely hear none of it."

Levin says Jones was "extremely frustrated and almost panicked that this would be (Jackson's) downfall."

How, asked The Early Show co-anchor Julie Chen, did Jones first learn about the sleepovers?

"Quincy Jones was really, really close to Michael Jackson," responded Levin. "He did the "Thriller" album with him and, I believe, the "Off the Wall" album. He was with him every single night as they were recording these things -- really involved in the family, to the point where the (Jackson's) defense (in his molestation trial) has called Quincy Jones as a witness in this case, because Quincy Jones and his daughters were at Neverland on some of the key dates in this case, and they can testify that they didn't see anything inappropriate happen.

"So, Quincy Jones saw the way Michael Jackson lived. It was not a secret. He saw how he lived, but there were problems he had with part of the lifestyle.

Levin adds there are at least two other celebrities who implored Jackson to stop the sleepovers, to no avail. But Levin wasn't at liberty to name them. One of them has died, Levin noted.

"But I can tell you," he added, "beyond those two, there were discussions about this. This is not just something that people said, 'Oh, he's going off and doing this.' They knew that there was something that had to be fixed."