Model and actress Emily Ratajkowski claims in her upcoming book that singer-songwriter Robin Thicke groped her in 2013 while filming the video for “Blurred Lines.”
“Suddenly, out of nowhere, I felt the coolness and strangeness of a stranger’s hands covering my bare breasts from behind,” she wrote in “My Body,” which will be released November 9. “I instinctively left, looking back at Robin Thicke.”
An excerpt of the book was published by The Sunday Times.
“He gave a goofy grin and stumbled back, his eyes hidden behind his sunglasses,” wrote Ratajkowski, 30. “My head turned to the darkness behind the set. [The director, Diane Martel’s] voice broke as she yelled at me, “Are you okay?” “
A representative for Ratajkowski said she had no further comment when reached by NBC News on Monday. Representatives for Thicke could not be reached for comment.
Ratajkowski and two other women appeared topless in the uncensored version of the video featuring Thicke, rapper TI and musician and producer Pharrell Williams. The song was a huge commercial success and received two Grammy nominations. But it was also controversial for lyrics like ‘I know you want it’. Critics said the song was misogynistic and encouraged sexual violence.
The Sunday Times spoke to Martel, who told the British newspaper that she had approached Thicke after the alleged incident.
“‘What the f— are you doing?” she said she remembered asking him. “That’s it!! The shoot is over!!'”
She also said Thicke apologized “as if he knew it was wrong without understanding how it would have felt for Emily.”
Copyright credit for “Blurred Lines” also led to a lengthy legal battle.
Members of Marvin Gaye’s family sued Thicke and Williams, along with TI, in 2013 for copyright infringement of Gaye’s 1977 hit song “Got to Give It Up.”
In a 2014 statement, Thicke said he lied for a year about his role in writing the biggest hit of his career. Thicke said he was too high on Vicodin and drunk on vodka to contribute anything to the 2013 summer song, co-written by Williams and TI
Thicke said in the statement that he could not recall making any sober statements during the biggest year of his career.
“I had a drug and alcohol problem for a year and I didn’t do a sober interview, so I don’t remember a lot of things I said,” he said.
In 2015, the Gaye family won their case.
A judge in 2018 ordered Thicke and Williams to pay nearly $5 million to Gaye’s estate in the final verdict of the case.
Williams told GQ magazine in 2019 that he was ashamed of the song.
“Some of my old songs I would never write or sing today. I’m ashamed of some of those things. It just took a lot of time and growth to get to that place… I think ‘Blurred Lines’ opened me up I understood not the first time,” Williams said.
He added: “And then I realized that there are men who use the same language when they abuse a woman, and it doesn’t matter that that’s not my behavior. Or the way I think about things. women. And I was like, I get it. I get it. cool. My mind opened to what was actually being said in the song and how it could make someone feel. “
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-4673. The hotline, run by the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN), can put you in touch with your local rape crisis center. You can also access RAINN’s online chat service at https://www.rainn.org/get-help.