Robin Thicke's Treatment of Emily Ratajkowski 'Terrible, Creepy' Says 'Blurred Lines' Director

The director of the "Blurred Lines" music video has labeled Robin Thicke's alleged sexual assault of Emily Ratajkowski "terrible and creepy."

Diane Martel directed the controversial video from 2013 that featured a topless Ratajkowski dancing alongside the fully-clothed Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. with sexually loaded and possibly threatening lyrics that downplay the notion of consent.

"Up until this incident we were laughing, the guys were very respectful. The girls were open and feeling free," Martel told Newsweek.

Ratajkowski, now 30, has accused Thicke of groping her breasts while filming the video. The model revealed details of the incident in an excerpt from her upcoming book, "My Body."

Thicke has yet to publicly respond to the claims. Newsweek has reached out to his representatives for comment.

Emily Ratajkowski
Model/actress Emily Ratajkowski, wearing TOM FORD, attends the TOM FORD Autumn/Winter 2015 Womenswear Collection Presentation at Milk Studios in Los Angeles on February 20, 2015. Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Tom Ford

"Suddenly, out of nowhere, I felt the coolness and foreignness of a stranger's hands cupping my bare breasts from behind," she wrote in the book, per The Sunday Times. "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?' " she continued.

Martel opened up about the incident further in an interview with Newsweek on Monday and confirmed that Thicke had been drinking.

Robin Thicke
Robin Thicke visits "Extra" at Universal Studios Hollywood on January 23, 2019 in Universal City, California. Noel Vasquez/Getty Images

"Robin did something impulsive, he had been drinking which is not unusual on a music video set. He grabbed her breasts with two hands," Martel explained.

"Once he heard me scream and felt Emily push his hands off of her he was rattled. He realized that what he had done was insane. He sheepishly apologized."

Martel said that Thicke would not have behaved that way if he were not drunk, but said that it is not an excuse.

"I know him, he would not have acted in this was sober. That's not a free pass but it is the truth."

When asked if she or Ratajkowski had wanted to speak about this alleged incident sooner, Martel said that "this is the first time this has come up."

"To me it felt like a terrible and creepy gesture," she said. "I don't exactly know how it felt for her, awful I suppose. If she didn't want to keep going the shoot would have been shut down."

The song was a worldwide success, topping the charts in several countries. However, Pharrell has since admitted he felt "embarrassed" by the lyrics. Thicke, speaking in 2015, said the lyrics were not intended to have sexual connotations.

It attracted more controversy in 2015 when a jury awarded Marvin Gaye's estate and remaining children several million dollars in compensation after determining the song had been heavily influenced by their father's music.

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