According to video evidence from a recently released deposition video from the Blurred Lines lawsuit, Robin Thicke made a shocking admission — he was both high and drunk during every interview he did in 2013. ET Online reports that the singer also lied to the media and admitted that he wasn’t an honest person.
“I didn’t do a single interview last year without being high on both [alcohol and Vicodin],” Thicke can be heard saying in the video. “With all due respect, I was high and drunk every time I did an interview last year.”
A Los Angeles federal judge recently unsealed the deposition videos containing interviews with Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke. The footage was used in the “Blurred Lines” trial.
The interview was reportedly recorded on April 23, 2014, People magazine reports. In the video, the 38-year-old is questioned as to whether he was drunk and high in a specific media appearance. Thicke responds that he “didn’t do a single interview last year without being high on both.”
This is not the first time Thicke has admitted to being drunk and/or high during interviews. The following statement is what he said in a deposition transcript made public 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.”
Robin Thicke had a bad patch in 2013. He was accused of plagiarism by the family of Marvin Gaye for his worldwide hit “Blurred Lines,” which was co-written with Pharrell Williams. Thick denied the allegations and called it a “musical impossibility, saying that he was incapable of having plagiarized Marvin Gaye because he had “spent 2013 stoned.”
According to the Daily Beast, in a Billboard Magazine interview back in July of last year, Thicke said that, “Pharrell and I were in the studio making a couple records, and then on the third day, I told him I wanted to do something kinda like Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got To Give It Up,’ that kind of feel ’cause it’s one of my favorite songs of all time. So he started messing with some drums and then he started going ‘hey, hey, hey’ and about an hour and a half later we had the whole record finished.”
Despite Thicke insisting that he did not copy Marvin Gaye’s work, a federal jury found Williams and Thicke guilty of plagiarizing Gaye’s 1977 classic, and they were ordered to pay Gaye’s family $7.3 million, a sum which was later reduced to $5.4 million. While the two stars did file for an appeal on the ruling, Robin Thicke’s newly released statements are not necessarily to their advantage.
In the videos, there is also testimony from Pharrell Williams, who seems to be visibly embarrassed by the questions. Williams and the attorney can be seen going back and forth about music related questions. Music Times wrote that the attorney asked Williams to explain 6/8 time signatures, chord structures and whether or not he can read music during the deposition. The 42-year-old music producer repeatedly explains to him that he is not there to teach him music.
As time goes on, Williams’ anger gets more evident as he repeats that he’s “not comfortable” answering the questions, and he explains to his questioner that there’s a musicologist in the room that can answer those same questions.
Williams said that he did not go in the studio with the intention of making anything feel like, or to sound like, Marvin Gaye. The attorney then asks Williams the following question.
“When you were creating ‘Blurred Lines,’ were you trying to pretend that you were Marvin Gaye?” Williams responded: “At that particular time, no. But as I look back, I feel that feeling.”
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