Marvin Gaye's Family Sues Robin Thicke

Marvin Gaye, Robin Thicke

Marvin Gaye's Family Sues Robin Thicke

Gaye's children continue fight over "Blurred Lines."

Published October 31, 2013

Robin Thicke's own words may work against him in the pending legal battle over “Blurred Lines.” Back in August Thicke filed a preemptive lawsuit denying that he and collaborators T.I. and Pharrell Williams jacked the late soul singer’s “Got To Give It Up” single, and now two of Gaye’s children are firing back.

Nona and Frankie Christian Gaye, filed a countersuit against Thicke Wednesday (Oct. 30). claiming he admitted to stealing the soul singers “Got To Give It Up,” to make “Blurred Lines,” then changed his tune.  

According to legal documents, the family cites Billboard and GQ interviews where Thicke noted the 1977 single as his “favorite of all time,” and admitted to wanting to make “something with that groove.” 

He switched his story up in September, the family points out, telling TMZ that Gaye's music didn't inspire him to write "Blurred Lines." The suit goes on to allege that Thicke's "Love After War" is a copy of Gaye's dance hit "After the Dance."

Absent from the legal filing is Gaye's other son, Marvin Gaye III, who vowed to sue Thicke, but recently suffered kidney failure

The family denied Thicke's reported six-figure offer to keep the battle out of court, and is seeking profits and other damages from the hit single, which reached No. 1 in more than a dozen countries. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

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Written by Latifah Muhammad


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