Hollywood Reporter legal eagle Eriq Gardner dubs it the “rock ‘n’ roll defense.” And certainly, the unsealed deposition obtained by the trade reporter backs up that great description.
Beating TMZ to the court docket punch, Gardner has pulled some wild quotes from Robin Thicke and “Blurred Lines” producer Pharrell Williams, as part of their ongoing legal dispute with the family of Marvin Gaye. The deposition of Thicke and Williams was taken in April:
Thicke states he hardly remembers his specific media comments [about “Blurred Lines”] because he “had a drug and alcohol problem for the year” and “didn’t do a sober interview.” In fact, when he appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s show with his young son and talked about how weird it was to be in the midst of a legal battle with the family of a legendary soul singer who “inspires almost half of my music,” Thicke admits he was drunk and taking Norco — “which is like two Vicodin in one pill,” he says.
Gardner also cites the portion of the deposition where Thicke recalls being fairly, similarly out of it during the recording of the song. Read his article, access the full deposition here.
[Photo of Thicke performing July 30, 2013 on the Today show: Debby Wong/Shutterstock.com]