Robin Thicke Confesses to Rampant Drug Abuse: Deposition
Pharrell also put on the spot in lawsuit with Marvin Gaye's family
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2014 6:19 PM CDT

(Newser) – The past year or so could've been better for Robin Thicke: The family of legend Marvin Gaye sued Thicke for ripping off Gaye in creating his hit song "Blurred Lines" (Thicke has a countersuit against them); Thicke's wife, Paula Patton, dumped him; and he made his situation infinitely more humiliating by putting out a widely panned album meant to win his ex back. But apparently the situation was even worse than anyone realized, according to depositions connected to the Gaye case and revealed by the Hollywood Reporter today—Thicke reportedly confesses to a year of drug and alcohol abuse and intense jealousy of musical partner Pharrell Williams, who offered his own odd statements in the case.

Here are some of the revelations from the depositions, made in April and set to be used in a trial currently scheduled for February 2015, as per the Hollywood Reporter:

  • When Thicke was forced to listen to a mashup of his tune and Gaye's "Got to Give It Up," he reportedly begged an attorney to turn it off, saying, "It's like nails on a f---ing chalkboard. … This is [like] Stanley Kubrick's movie Clockwork Orange—where he has to sit there and watch. … Mozart would be rolling in his grave right now."
  • He says he was jealous that partner Pharrell Williams wrote most of "Blurred Lines." He also maintains he "was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio" and couldn’t remember too much of their recording session for the song. And don't ask about 2013's media conversations, because he says he "didn't do a sober interview" and even appeared drunk and high on Oprah's show last year with his preschool-age son.
  • Thicke says he was upfront with Patton about his issues—"I told my wife the truth, that's why she left me"—and admits he still drinks but has given up his Vicodin habit.
  • Williams' own deposition also had its ... quirks. When asked what influence Gaye has had on his work, he reportedly said, "He's an Aries. I respect him." But when asked whose words made up "Blurred Lines," he didn't mince his own: "Mine."