In March, a jury found Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams guilty of copying Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” for their 2013 smash hit “Blurred Lines”, and were ordered to pay $5.4 million to Gaye’s estate. As the case heads to appeal, The Hollywood Reporter has obtained video of Thicke and Williams’ sworn depositions.
In his deposition, Thicke claimed to be drunk and high on Vicodin during every interview he gave in 2013. He also admitted to not being an honest person.
Pharrell’s deposition was much more heated, as the attorney for Gaye’s family repeatedly questioned Pharrell’s ability to write and read music. “I’m not a teacher,” he responded at one point. Pharrell also disputed the notion that he went into the studio with the intent to mimic Gaye’s style. “I did not go in the studio with the intention of making anything feel like, or to sound like, Marvin Gaye,” he said.