Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were held liable for a $5 million judgment for infringing on the copyright of a Marvin Gaye song to create the 2013 hit “Blurred Lines.” Opinions on the ruling ranged, as our report with a music theory expert reminds us. The case is headed toward an appeal, and The Hollywood Reporter has video of the extremely contentious and uncomfortable depositions featuring Pharrell and Thicke.
In Williams’ angry testimony with the Gayes’ attorney, the musician is asked whether or not he can read music — escalating into an awkward back and forth, after which Williams states he’s “uncomfortable” answering the question. He also responds to claims that he ripped off Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” Thicke’s deposition comes off as blasé and slimy as you’re probably imagining. “When I give interviews, I tell whatever I want to say to help sell records,” Thick first states. “I was high and drunk every time I did an interview last year,” he later says (including his appearance on the Oprah show). He also admits to being dishonest without hesitation. Brace for cringing.