*Footage of Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams testifying about the writing of the song “Blurred Lines” that was a key element of a copyright infringement trial earlier this year has been released, showing Thicke repeatedly acknowledging he was drunk and high.
Both men are seen on the footage, which was released Monday, in a testy back-and-forth with an attorney for Marvin Gaye’s children, who sued the pair for copyright infringement and won a $7.4 million verdict in March.
Among the highlights: Thicke responding “No” when asked if he considered himself an honest man and Williams refusing to read music for the attorney, telling him, “I’m not here to teach you music.”
While many of the statements made by Williams and Thicke during their 2014 depositions were reported during the trial, video of the men testifying has been unavailable. The copyright infringement trial was not filmed.
U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt ordered the footage released earlier this month, writing that it had been kept under seal to prevent it from influencing potential jurors in the case.
The footage, which includes only portions of the deposition played during trial, was filed last week but not publicly released by the court until Monday. It was posted online by The Hollywood Reporter on Saturday.
Gaye’s heirs claimed “Blurred Lines” copied their father’s hit, “Got to Give It Up,” although lawyers for Thicke and Williams said the newer song merely mimicked the feel of Gaye’s music and didn’t copy it.
The verdict, which Kronstadt later cut to $5.3 million, is being appealed.
In the first video below, Williams is asked which chords are used in bluegrass songs. He replies, “You should check it out” and “I’m not a teacher.” In the second video, he’s grilled on whether he can read music. Williams’ anger is palpable. “I did not go in the studio with the intention of making anything feel like, or to sound like, Marvin Gaye,” Williams says in the third video.
Thicke, in his deposition, admitted lying to the media about his role in creating the most popular song of 2013 and said he was high on drugs during pretty much every press interview.
Watch portions of Thicke’s deposition below: