KEY POINTS

  • Emily Ratajkowski accused Robin Thicke of groping her on the “Blurred Lines” set in her new book
  • The model alleged the singer “cupped” her “bare breasts” when it was just the two of them on set
  • Director Diane Martel quickly called out Thicke, who then “sheepishly” apologized

Emily Ratajkowski accused singer Robin Thicke of groping her while they were filming the controversial music video for “Blurred Lines” almost a decade ago. 

In her upcoming book “My Body,” the model wrote about the struggles of women in the industry as they are often seen as a commodity. In an excerpt obtained by The Sunday Times, Ratajkowski discussed one incident that made a big impact on her life. 

For the music video of Thicke’s 2013 hit song “Blurred Lines,” which featured T.I. and Pharrell Williams, Ratajkowski and two other models had to be topless for the uncensored version. 

According to the 30-year-old model, who has also dabbled in acting, she initially enjoyed working on the set since they had an all-female crew. However, that feeling quickly changed when she was alone with the 44-year-old singer on the set. 

“Suddenly, out of nowhere, I felt the coolness and foreignness of a stranger's hands cupping my bare breasts from behind. I instinctively moved away, looking back at Robin Thicke,” she alleged in her book

Ratajkowski 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?’”

Martel, who confirmed the incident to the British newspaper, said that she instantly called out Thicke for what he’d done and even threatened to shut down production. 

The American-Canadian musician did apologize to Ratajkowski, and Martel said that he did it “sheepishly” as though he knew that what he did was wrong. Production also did not come to a halt since the model insisted that they “could go on.” Martel noted it was “very professional” of Ratajkowski to finish the shoot despite what happened. 

However, it was clear that the alleged groping incident affected Ratajkowski deeply as she struggled to compose herself throughout the remainder of the shoot, according to the book. The model also noted that Thicke was “a little drunk” that day. 

“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,” she wrote. 

Both Thicke and Ratajkowski were asked for comment through their representatives after the excerpt was published, but they did not immediately respond.

In February, Thicke admitted to People that he was having a hard time back when they were making “Blurred Lines” as he was going through a divorce with ex-wife Paula Patton. He said that he was abusing pills and alcohol at the time. 

“You don't realize you're not in control. Fame and a lot of those things — they got to me. I was in a bad place. I'm happy to have closed that chapter,” he was quoted as saying by the outlet. 

Ratajkowski’s “My Body” is due out on Nov. 9 from Macmillan Publishers. 

Emily Ratajkowksi on runway Pictured: Emily Ratajkowski walks the runway at the Versace fashion show during the Milan Fashion Week - Spring / Summer 2022 on September 24, 2021 in Milan, Italy. Photo: Jacopo Raule/Getty Images