U.S. District Court Judge John Kronstadt has ruled that Pharrell Williams didn't commit perjury during an November 2019 interview where he told GQ that he “reversed-enginered” Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit “Got To Give It Up” for he and Robin Thicke's 2013 hit song “Blurred Lines”.
As previously reported, Gaye's family alleged that Williams and Robin Thick stole Gaye's song. A judge ultimately found Williams and Thicke liable for copyright infringement and they were forced to give Gaye’s family half of the song’s royalties and a one time payment of $5.3 million in damages. An appeal was filed in 2018 but denied.
A year later, Williams gave an interview with Rick Rubin for GQ where he said he “reversed-engineered” Gaye’s song, which the family later used in a subsequent court filing as evidence of Williams committing perjury in the earlier case.