Videos of Pharrell's 2014 deposition in the “Blurred Lines” copyright infringement case have leaked online, and they're intense.
If you remember, Marvin Gaye's family filed a lawsuit against singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams in 2013 for unlawfully sampling his 1977 hit “Got To Give It Up” in their 2013 single “Blurred Lines.” After a lengthy trial, Williams and Thicke were found guilty and ordered to pay $7.4 million in damages to Gaye's estate (the amount was later reduced to $5.3 million).
The videos below, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, show just how uncomfortable the situation was (and continues to be). In one, Williams, clearly fed up with Gaye, calls the lawyer's questions “ludicrous;” in another, he ceases to cooperate with the interrogation altogether.
In March of this year, a jury found Williams and Thicke guilty of copyright infringement. In a joint statement, the duo said they were "extremely disappointed" with the verdict, adding,
Though Williams' and Thicke's subsequent request for a retrial was ultimately denied, the pair are allegedly planning to appeal the court's ruling.
Stay tuned for updates, and check out the deposition videos, below.
Part Three: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQgTw9GGaVk