Robin Thicke, the crooner behind summer hit “Blurred Lines,” filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Marvin Gaye’s family and Bridgeport Music in order to avoid plagiarism charges, per The Hollywood Reporter.
Thicke, along with song collaborators T.I. and Pharrell, decided to sue after claims that “Blurred Lines” sounds very similar to several compositions from soul group Funkadelic, as well as Gaye’s soulful hit “Got to Give It Up.”
While the trio states in the lawsuit that they have “the utmost respect and admiration for Marvin Gaye,” they “reluctantly file this action in the face of multiple adverse claims from alleged successors in interest to those artists."
The lawsuit also explains that “there are no similarities between plaintiffs' composition and those the claimants allege they own, other than commonplace musical elements."