Thus, Thicke and Williams filed a preemptive lawsuit against the late soul singer’s family to prevent them from suing.
In his deposition obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Thicke admits that he did not really help write the song because he was high on Vicodin and alcohol while the song was being written. Instead, he testified that it was Williams who really wrote the song.
Williams, for his part, said that he was “in the driver’s seat” on this song but elaborated that sharing credit for songs is the norm in the music industry. He also added that it was Thicke’s voice that made the song great, thus giving him equal credit to the song.
Apart from these revelations, Thicke also owned up to the fact that he lied to media about the origin of the song. He previously described the creative process to GQ, where he said:
Pharrell and I were in the studio and I told him that one of my favorite songs of all time was Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” I was like, “Damn, we should make something like that, something with that groove.” Then he started playing a little something and we literally wrote the song in about a half hour and recorded it.
Thicke explained that he didn’t do a single interview last year without being high and had a drug and alcohol problem, saying he should not be considered a reliable source about nearly anything during that time.