Emily Ratajkowski has accused Robin Thicke of groping her bare breasts while they were filming the music video for his 2013 hit Blurred Lines, according to a bombshell report.
The supermodel, now 30, claims the R&B star, now 44, had been drinking when he reached around her from behind and cupped her breasts in both hands.
At the time, the model was naked from the waist up for the shoot which catapulted both her and Thicke’s careers.
‘Suddenly, out of nowhere, I felt the coolness and foreignness of a stranger’s hands cupping my bare breasts from behind. I instinctively moved away, looking back at Robin Thicke,’ alleges the model-turned-actress.
DailyMail.com has contacted representatives for Thicke and Ratajkowski.
Accusation: Emily Ratajkowski, 30, accused Robin Thicke, 33, of fondling her breasts from behind while filming his 2013 music video for Blurred Lines in her upcoming essay collection My Body, according to the Sunday Times of London; still from Blurred Lines
According to Ratajkowski, Thicke appeared to be intoxicated while they were filming together.
‘He smiled a goofy grin and stumbled backward, his eyes concealed behind his sunglasses. My head turned to the darkness beyond the set. [Director Diane Martel’s] voice cracked as she yelled out to me, “Are you okay?”‘ she continues.
She adds that she felt ‘the heat of humiliation pump through’ her body after the alleged fondling, though she didn’t speak out in the moment.
‘I didn’t react — not really, not like I should have,’ she continued.
Fondled: Ratajkowski writes that Thicke grabbed her bare breasts from behind while she was topless. She claims that he appeared to be intoxicated
Martel confirmed Ratajkowski’s account of the incident in the Times’ report.
‘I remember the moment that he grabbed her breasts, one in each hand,’ she says. ‘He was standing behind her as they were both in profile. I screamed in my very aggressive Brooklyn voice, “What the f*** are you doing, that’s it! The shoot is over!”‘
According to her, Thicke had been drinking, and she said he ‘sheepishly’ apologized to Ratajkowski and acted as if he was ‘contrite’ after the altercation.
‘I don’t think he would have done this had he been sober,’ Martel speculated.
Although the initial version of Blurred Lines didn’t feature nudity, Thicke released a second cut a week later that included topless footage of Ratajkowski and fellow models Elle Evans and Jessi M’Bengue.
Director Diana Martel confirmed seeing Thicke grope Ratajkowski to the Times
Although Ratajkowski has since expanded from modeling into acting, and now writing, she previously described the Blurred Lines video, which also features Pharrell Williams and the rapper T.I., as the ‘bane’ of her ‘existence.’
‘I wasn’t into the idea at all at first. I think I came off as a bit annoyed in the video,’ she admitted in a 2015 profile for InStyle UK. ‘Now, it’s the bane of my existence. When anyone comes up to me about Blurred Lines, I’m like, are we seriously talking about a video from three years ago?’
In 2018, she married the Uncut Gems producer Sebastian Bear-McClard.
At the time of the video shoot, Thicke was married to actress Paula Patton, with whom he shares an 11-year-old son, Julian Fuego Thicke.
The two separated in 2014, and Patton cited in her divorce filing his alleged abuse toward her, as well as drug abuse and infidelity as reasons for their separation.
Thicke pictured with his ex-wife Paula Patton in 2014
Thicke moved on with April Love Geary, whom he reportedly met in 2014.
They welcomed their first daughter, three-year-old Mia Love, in 2018, and they got engaged on Christmas Eve of that year.
Their second daughter, Lola Alain, was born in February 2019, and April gave birth to a son, Luca, in December of 2020.
Thicke has kept a lower profile in recent years since the 2014 release of his critically reviled album Paula, which referenced their troubled relationship and divorce.
In February of this year, he returned with his eighth studio album On Earth, And In Heaven
Thicke with fiancee April Love Geary
Blurred Lines proved to be trouble for Thicke and his collaborators, as the estate of the late singer Marvin Gay won a $5.3 million judgment against Thick and Farrell after accusing them of lifting passages of Blurred Lines from Gaye’s song Got To Give It Up, from 1977.
Thicke claimed in court that he had not actually written any of Blurred Lines, despite being listed on the project as a songwriter.
At the time of the original ruling that Williams and Thicke had plagiarized the song, some legal scholars and copyright experts excoriated the decision, claiming that it was based on a general feeling that the two songs were similar, rather than being focused on specific musical aspects that they shared.
In a 2015 piece for The New Yorker, legal scholar Tim Wu wrote that the decision was a ‘serious error’ because it focused on superficial similarities.
‘The Gaye estate’s copyright covers only the notes of his song (the composition), and not the way it was played (the sound recording). These copyrights are separate,’ Wu wrote.
He claimed the judge was ‘legally obliged to throw out the case,’ rather than letting the jury come to its original conclusion, as the note sequences in Blurred Lines aren’t shared with Got To Give It Up, even though the two songs sound similar to many listeners.
However, a panel of judges mostly upheld the decision on appeal.