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Update: Quincy Jones Not Attending Trump’s New Year’s Eve Party, Spokesman Says

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A spokesman for Quincy Jones says that he will be spending New Year’s Eve with his family in Los Angeles and will not be attending a party hosted by President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

Earlier on Friday, in a transition team call with reporters, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said that Jones and actor Sylvester Stallone were among those on the guest list for the party, with about 800 guests attending.

Jones’s spokesman, Arnold Robinson, said that he wouldn’t be attending, and didn’t know where Trump’s team got the information.

Spicer also told reporters that Trump’s wife Melania and son Barron would attend, with events including a cocktail hour, followed by dinner and dancing in the grand ballroom, according to The Hill.

Stallone was reportedly in discussions with Trump about taking some sort of arts role with the administration, perhaps with the National Endowment for the Arts, but he released a statement declining the invitation, instead saying that he could better serve in some capacity supporting military veterans. A spokeswoman for Stallone said that he would be there.

Jones, the legendary music producer, has been a longtime supporter of Democrats, and donated to Hillary Clinton in the recent presidential campaign. He has promoted the idea of creating a White House position devoted to the arts, perhaps a “secretary of the arts.”

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