Watch Pharrell’s Heated ‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit Deposition
Filmed in 2014 but only just uncovered now
Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke released “Blurred Lines” more than two years ago, but due to a lawsuit brought against the musicians by Marvin Gaye’s estate, the track feels like it’s been ubiquitous in the news and the world for decades. Thicke and Williams were found liable (and denied a subsequent retrial) for infringing on a Gaye song with their 2013 hit earlier this spring, and now The Hollywood Reporter has obtained exclusive footage of Pharrell’s 2014 deposition with the Gaye estate lawyers.
The video’s incredibly contentious — Pharrell appears sullen the entire time, giving clipped answers, firing back at the lawyer, and deeply sighing — but it makes for a totally engrossing watch. The producer repeatedly tells his questioner “I’m not here to teach you music” upon being grilled about chord structure and notation. Watch below.