Marvin Gaye Family File Perjury Suit Against Pharrel Williams In ‘Blurred Lines’ Case
Marvin Gaye Pharrel Williams: Pharrel Williams is in fresh hot water over statements he made concerning the already decided ‘Blurred Lines’ lawsuit. The Marvin Gaye family is now asking the court to revisit the case and requesting $3.5 million in legal fees.
Earlier this year, a federal appeals court upheld a $5 million verdict against Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and their publisher over the 2015 case where the estate had accused the artists of infringing on the copyright of Gaye’s hit ‘Got To Give It Up’. They had claimed that ‘Blurred Lines’, one of the biggest hits of this decade, copied elements from Gaye’s song without credit.
They were eventually ordered to pay $5 million in damages as well as award 50% royalties on the track forever to the late singer’s estate. However, there is now a new update in the case. Marvin Gaye’s family has filed a motion in front of U.S. District Court Judge John Kronstadt, requesting to revisit the case in light of new circumstances. What are the circumstances? They claim that in a new interview between Pharrell and Rick Rubin in GQ, the hitmaker admitted that he “reverse engineers” songs from which he gets a special feeling. “I did that in ‘Blurred Lines’ and got myself in trouble,” he further told Rick Rubin during the interview.
During his deposition in the original lawsuit, Williams claimed under oath, “I did not go in the studio with the intention of making anything feel like, or to sound like, Marvin Gaye.”
Gaye’s family says this is a clear evidence of perjury and is a “fraud” against the court. They are asking for further $3.5 million in legal fees.
Read the full court document HERE.