As of recently, Robin Thicke has even more reasons to sulk. Over the last couple years, he not only admitted to drug abuse, separated with his wife, Paula Patton, and pulled in lackluster numbers for the album dedicated to (unsuccessfully) getting her back, but he was hit with a major lawsuit.
Thicke and Pharrell Williams, his songmate for the infectious and controversial chart-topper “Blurred Lines,” were sued by Marvin Gaye’s estate for plagiarism of Gaye’s 1977 track, “Got to Give it Up.” Of course the duo denied such claims and battled them in court, but the judge has officially ruled in Gaye’s favor in the form of a settlement.
Both Thicke and Williams have reportedly been ordered to pay Gaye’s family about $7.4 million in damages, with them shelling out $1.77 and $1.6 million, respectively. They may be moving on from the tedious legal battle, but Thicke and Pharrell still insist the plagiarism claims are untrue.
“My clients know in their heart that they wrote that song independently and were not going to be held up,” said Howard King, the attorney representing the song’s trio (T.I. was not targeted in the lawsuit for his verse).