Mannequin and actress Emily Ratajkowski says she was sexually assaulted by singer Robin Thicke on the set of the 2013 music video for “Blurred Lines.”
Ratajkowski describes the alleged incident in her upcoming e-book, My Physique, in accordance with The Sunday Times, which reported on the passage over the weekend.
“Suddenly, out of nowhere, I felt the coolness and foreignness of a stranger’s hands cupping my bare breasts from behind,” Ratajkowski writes within the e-book (out Nov. 9), per the London-based paper. “I instinctively moved away, looking back at Robin Thicke.”
“He smiled a goofy grin and stumbled backward, his eyes concealed behind his sunglasses. My head turned to the darkness beyond the set. [The director, Diane Martel’s] voice cracked as she yelled out to me, ‘Are you okay?'” Ratajkowski continues, in accordance with the Instances.
“I remember the moment that he grabbed her breasts,” Martel tells the Instances. “One in each hand. He was standing behind her as they were both in profile.”
Representatives for Ratajkowski, Thicke, and Martel didn’t instantly reply to EW’s request for remark.
Within the “Blurred Lines” video, which was filmed with an all-female staff, Ratajkowski is one among three fashions who dance semi-naked alongside Thicke, singer Pharrell Williams, and rapper TI.
Earlier than the alleged incident, Ratajkowski reportedly writes that Thicke was “a little drunk” and “didn’t seem to be enjoying himself in the same way.”
“I don’t think he would have done this had be been sober,” Martel tells the paper.
In her e-book, Ratajkowski reportedly writes that she “felt the heat of humiliation pump through” her physique following the alleged incident, including, “I didn’t react — not really, not like I should have.”
Martel tells the Instances she reacted by screaming, “What the f— are you doing, that’s it!! The shoot is over!!” However in accordance with the director, Ratajkowski supplied to complete the shoot.
“We kept on and Emily was phenomenal. She’s really the star of the video. She’s fully mocking the male gaze with her beautiful shape and ferocious energy. She’s playful, not seductive. And quite hilarious,” Martel tells the outlet.
The “Blurred Lines” track has been a magnet for controversy since its launch. Its lyrics, which embody, “I know you want it,” have been criticized for trivializing sexual violence. The video was additionally reportedly banned from YouTube.
Whereas that is the primary time Ratajkowski has spoken concerning the alleged incident publicly, she’s been vocal previously about her disdain for the video.
“I wasn’t into the idea at all at first,” Ratajkowski informed InStyle UK in 2015. “I think I came off as a bit annoyed in the video. 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?”