WATCH: Exclusive Footage of Pharrell Williams’ Contentious ‘Blurred Lines’ Testimony


The Hollywood Reporter obtained exclusive footage of both Williams and Robin Thicke in their taped testimonies.

When a federal jury in March found Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke liable for infringing a Marvin Gaye song to create the 2013 smash hit “Blurred Lines,” many observers wondered how this had happened. Some blamed the vagaries of copyright law for the $5 million judgment, while others turned to what the musicologists had said during the trial. But the musicians themselves certainly played a big role in the outcome.

Now, as the case heads toward an appeal, THR has obtained video of the Williams and Thicke depositions. Below, watch excerpts of Williams’ contentious back-and-forth with Gaye attorney Richard Busch, in which the well-known singer-producer is challenged over whether he can read music and how much of “Blurred Lines” he wrote for Thicke. It’s compelling video.

In the above video, Williams was asked which chords are used in bluegrass songs. He replied, “You should check it out” and “I’m not a teacher.” Busch, the opposing lawyer, continued to probe him on his knowledge of chords and music structure, to which Williams replied, “I’m not here to teach you music.” The singer admitted that he is able to read a musical notation, but is unable to write one. When asked to name two musical notes and their duration, he replied, “I’m not comfortable with this” and “I can’t answer you at this time.”

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter | Eriq Gardner

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