Soon after enjoying the success of their 2013 single, Blurred Lines, Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke were accused by Marvin Gaye’s family of infringing the copyright of the late singer’s hit, “Got to Give It Up.”
A jury agreed with the Gaye family and the judge ordered Williams and Thicke to pay them nearly $5 million.
But that wasn’t the end of the saga. In December 2019, Gaye’s family filed a motion in federal court accusing Williams of committing perjury during the case.
The plaintiffs cited a GQ interview from November of that year in which Williams said he “reverse engineered” Gaye’s song. They argued that this contradicted his statement during a deposition that he “did not go in the studio with the intention of making anything feel like, or to sound like, Marvin Gaye.”