Mannequin and actress Emily Ratajkowski alleges in her coming ebook that singer-songwriter Robin Thicke groped her in 2013 whereas filming the video for “Blurred Strains.”
“Abruptly, out of nowhere, I felt the coolness and foreignness of a stranger’s arms cupping my naked breasts from behind,” she wrote in “My Physique,” set to be launched Nov. 9. “I instinctively moved away, trying again at Robin Thicke.”
An excerpt of the ebook was revealed by The Sunday Instances.
“He smiled a goofy grin and stumbled backward, his eyes hid behind his sun shades,” Ratajkowski, 30, wrote. “My head turned to the darkness past the set. [Director Diane Martel’s] voice cracked as she yelled out to me, ‘Are you okay?'”
A consultant for Ratajkowski mentioned she had no additional remark Monday. Representatives for Thicke couldn’t be reached for remark.
Ratajkowski and two different girls appeared topless within the uncensored model of the video, which featured Thicke, rapper T.I. and musician and producer Pharrell Williams. The music was an enormous industrial success and obtained two Grammy nominations. Nevertheless it was additionally controversial for lyrics like “I do know you need it.” Critics mentioned the music was misogynistic and inspired sexual assault.
The Sunday Instances spoke to Martel, who instructed the British newspaper that she approached Thicke after the alleged incident.
“‘What the f— are you doing?'” she mentioned she recalled asking him. “‘That is it!! The shoot is over!!'”
She mentioned Thicke apologized “as if he knew it was improper with out understanding the way it may need felt for Emily.”
Copyright credit score for “Blurred Strains” additionally led to a protracted authorized combat.
Members of Marvin Gaye’s household sued Thicke and Williams, together with T.I., in 2013 for copyright infringement of Gaye’s 1977 hit music “Bought to Give It Up.”
In a 2014 deposition, Thicke mentioned he lied for a 12 months about his function in writing the most important hit of his profession. Thicke mentioned he was too excessive on Vicodin and drunk on vodka to contribute something to the 2013 music of the summer time, which was co-written by Williams and T.I.
Thicke mentioned within the deposition that he did not recall making any sober statements in the course of the greatest 12 months of his profession.
“I had a drug and alcohol downside for the 12 months and I did not do a sober interview so I do not recall many issues that I mentioned,” he mentioned.
In 2015, the Gaye household gained their case. A choose in 2018 ordered Thicke and Williams to pay nearly $5 million to Gaye’s property within the case’s last ruling.
Williams instructed GQ journal in 2019 that he was embarrassed by the music.
“A few of my outdated songs, I’d by no means write or sing immediately. I get embarrassed by a few of that stuff. It simply took numerous time and progress to get to that place. … I feel ‘Blurred Strains’ opened me up. I did not get it at first,” Williams mentioned.
He added: “After which I noticed that there are males who use that very same language when benefiting from a girl, and it does not matter that that is not my conduct. Or the best way I take into consideration issues. It simply issues the way it impacts girls. And I used to be like, Bought it. I get it. Cool. My thoughts opened as much as what was truly being mentioned within the music and the way it may make somebody really feel.”
When you or somebody you already know has been sexually assaulted, name the Nationwide Sexual Assault Phone Hotline at 1-800-656-4673. The hotline, run by the Rape, Abuse, & Incest Nationwide Community (RAINN), can put you involved together with your native rape disaster middle. It’s also possible to entry RAINN’s on-line chat service at https://www.rainn.org/get-help.