Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” controversy has gotten cloudier.
Thicke confessed he was high on drugs and alcohol when the hit song he insists is not a rip-off of Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” was written, court depositions now obtained by The Hollywood Reporter show.
“I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio,” Thicke said when asked if he was present during the creation of the hit.
“My recollection is when we made the song. … 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 continued, backtracking on previous statements.
Thicke initially stated to GQ magazine in May 2013, “Pharrell and I were in the studio and I told him that one of my favorite songs of all time was Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got to Give It Up.’ I was like ‘Damn, we should make something like that, something with that groove.’ Then he started playing a little something and we literally wrote the song in about a half hour and recorded it.”
Now he’s singing a different song.
“The reality is … Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song,” Thicke admitted in the deposition.
The 37-year-old singer said he “had a drug and alcohol problem for the year” of 2013 and showed up to most of his interviews high, including “Oprah’s Next Chapter ” in October, where he appeared with his then 3-year-old son with ex-wife Paula Patton, Julian Fuego.
Those issues eventually caused Patton, his wife of eight years, to end their marriage.
“I told my wife the truth,” he said in the deposition. “That’s why she left me.”
He also revealed that while he’s since given up the Vicodin he has not stopped drinking alcohol.
Despite his admissions to fabricating the stories of how involved he was in the 2013 summer smash hit song, Williams still allowed Thicke to be given a co-writer credit, entitling him to around 18-22 percent of publishing royalties, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“This is what happens every day in our industry,” the famed producer and new coach on “The Voice” said during his deposition. “You know, people are made to look like they have much more authorship in the situation than they actually do. So that’s where the embellishment comes in.”
Still, Williams didn’t hesitate in taking full credit for the writing of the song during his testimony.
Marvin Gaye’s children continue in the legal fight, claiming Thicke, Williams and co-writer Clifford (T.I.) Harris Jr. ripped off their father’s classic song.
Just last week they filed summary motion papers that included an audio mash-up of the two songs in question.
When the family’s attorney, Richard Busch, began to play the mash-up for Thicke, it was quickly interrupted by the singer.
“It’s so hard to listen to it,” he said. “It’s like nails on a f—ing chalkboard.”
“Thicke, for his part, now claims he made all his statements while drunk or on drugs,” the Gayes said ahead of the copyright infringement trial set to begin on Feb. 10, 2015.
“(He) mentioned Marvin Gaye only to sell records,” they added in the counter-claimants’ court papers.
“He also actually testified that he is not an honest person,” their statement included. “This complete contempt for the judicial system, and their obligations to tell the truth, can best be summed up by Thicke’s ultimate admission, while under oath, that he ‘(does not) give a f–k’ about this litigation.”
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