Robin Thicke's lawyers are fighting back by insisting critics are exploiting the singer's "personal vulnerability" by taking aim at his drug use while writing Blurred Lines.
The R&B singer, along with producer Pharrell Williams and rapper T.I., is at the centre of a lawsuit from the family of the late Marvin Gaye, who accuse the trio of ripping off the music icon's song Got to Give it Up in their 2013 huge hit Blurred Lines.
As part of the sworn testimony Thicke gave earlier this year (14), revealed for the first time in a Los Angeles federal court on Monday (15Sep14), he claims he has a lesser part in writing the track, since he was "high on Vicodin and alcohol" when he recorded the song at the studio.
Thicke continued, "My recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted... I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was... but the reality is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song... (I was) lucky enough to be in the room."
After his deposition hit headlines, Thicke's lawyers have come forward claiming the focus has been more on the singer's admission of drug use and is taking attention away from the main focus of the infringement suit.
Lawyer Howard King, managing partner of King, Holmes, Paterno & Berliner, released a statement to Billboard.com which reads, "Robin's moment of personal vulnerability is being exploited in the hope of diverting attention from the obvious weakness of their legal claim."