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Emily Ratajkowski has reportedly accused Robin Thicke of groping her while filming the video for the controversial 2013 hit, Blurred Lines.
The Blurred Lines video was filmed with an all-female team, and Emily Ratajkowski is one of three models who can be seen dancing half-naked alongside Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and rapper TI. In the uncensored version, she and the other two models are completely topless.
The 30-year-old supermodel – who gave birth to her first child, a son named Sylvester Apollo Bear, earlier this year – made the revelation in her brand new book, My Body. She said that she initially enjoyed working on the music video until she and the 44-year-old musician and record producer were on set alone…
“Suddenly, out of nowhere, I felt the coolness and foreignness of a stranger’s hands cupping my bare breasts from behind,” she reportedly wrote in her book, which comes out next month.
“I instinctively moved away, looking back at Robin Thicke,” she continued.
“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?'”
Diane Martel also spoke to The Sunday Times about certain incidents from that day, including the moment Robin Thicke allegedly “grabbed” Emily Ratajkowski’s breasts…
“I remember the moment that he grabbed her breasts,” Diane Martel revealed.
“One in each hand. He was standing behind her as they were both in profile,” she continued.
“I screamed in my very aggressive Brooklyn voice, ‘What the f— are you doing, that’s it!! The shoot is over!!'” she recalled, before adding that “Robin sheepishly apologized. As if he knew it was wrong without understanding how it might have felt for Emily.”
Diane Martel said that she threatened to shut the whole shoot down, but despite the incident, said that Emily “was very professional and said we could go on”. In her book, the model mentioned that the incident made her feel “naked for the first time that day,” and she was “desperate to minimise” the weight of the situation.
“I pushed my chin forward and shrugged, avoiding eye contact, feeling the heat of humiliation pump through my body,” she said, before adding that she “should” have reacted differently…
“I didn’t react — not really, not like I should have,” she concluded.
“With that one gesture, Robin Thicke had reminded everyone on set that we women weren’t actually in charge. I didn’t have any real power as the naked girl dancing around in his music video. I was nothing more than the hired mannequin.”
You can read about the incident in more detail in Emily Ratajkowski’s book, My Body, which is out on November 9.