Thicke admits to drug abuse
Robin Thicke discusses abusing Vicodin in a newly-released deposition.
The singer, music producer Pharrell Williams and rapper T.I. are embroiled in a legal battle over the origin of their 2013 track Blurred Lines, with the children of the late Marvin Gaye accusing the men of ripping off their father’s 1977 smash Got to Give It Up.
In a deposition given in April obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Robin insisted his previous statements about his contribution were embellished because he “had a drug and alcohol problem for the year" and "didn't do a sober interview”.
“To be honest, that's the only part where — I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio,” he said. “So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted — I — 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. So I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was and I — because I didn't want him — I wanted some credit for this big hit. But the reality is, is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song."
Those interviews included one on Oprah Winfrey’s Next Chapter, in which Robin appeared with his young son.
He was taking Norco, “which is like two Vicodin in one pill,” at the time, he said.
"I told my wife the truth. That's why she left me,” he explained of how his substance abuse affected his relationship with Paula Patton. The former couple, who married in 2005, announced their split in February.
THR notes the singer later said he has given up the drug but has not given up alcohol.
The release of the deposition follows more than a year after Robin spoke to America’s GQ magazine in May 2013 about his contribution to Blurred Lines.
"Pharrell and I were in the studio and I told him that one of my favourite 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,” he said.
Nevertheless, the singer was credited as a co-writer on the track, Billboard reports, giving him 18-22 per cent of publishing royalties.
"This is what happens every day in our industry," he attempted to explain when asked about conflicting statements over its authorship.
"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."
A trial is scheduled to get underway February 10, 2015.
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