UPDATE: Robin Thicke's camp gave HuffPost Entertainment a statement on the depositions obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. On behalf of Thicke, Howard King, attorney at King, Holmes, Paterno & Berliner said, “Robin's moment of personal vulnerability is being exploited in the hope of diverting attention from the obvious weakness of their legal claim.”
EARLIER: It's not a good year to be Robin Thicke. The success of "Blurred Lines" didn't last long and the song quickly went from topping the charts to being a controversial punchline. Now, Thicke and Pharrell Williams, who produced the song, are engaged in a lawsuit with Marvin Gaye's children, who claim the song is a rip-off of Gaye's 1977 hit, "Got To Give It Up."
Most of the documents are sealed, but The Hollywood Reporter has obtained Thicke and Williams' depositions from April, which contain bizarre revelations about "Blurred Lines." For one, Thicke admitted that he didn't write the song. "I was jealous and I wanted some of the credit," he said under oath. "I tried to take credit for it later because (Williams) wrote the whole thing pretty much by himself and I was envious of that."
Thicke also said that he had been high for most of his studio time. "I was high on vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio," he said. "So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted — I — I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit." He later gave Williams all his due credit, "The reality is, is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song."
This "Blurred Lines" creation story differs greatly from the one Thicke touted when the song first came out. He once told GQ that he and Pharrell listened to Gaye's "Got To Give It Up" as inspiration. "I hopped in the booth and the rest just came flying out," he said in an interview with Fuse.
When asked about the GQ interview during the deposition, he said," With all due respect, I was high and drunk every time I did an interview last year. Every day, I woke up, I would take a Vicodin to start the day and then I would fill up a water bottle with vodka and drink it before and during my interviews." Thicke testified that he quit the painkillers, but still drinks alcohol. The case is set for a February 2015 trial. HuffPost Entertainment contacted a representative for Thicke to confirm the quotes he made in the deposition. This post will be updated if and when they respond.
See the full depositions over at THR.
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