American supermodel Emily Ratajkowski has alleged she was sexually assaulted on the set of the music video for the hit song Blurred Lines.
The 30-year-old accuses singer Robin Thicke of groping her without her consent while filming the 2013 video in her upcoming book.
Thicke, 44, has yet to respond to a request for comment from the BBC.
The allegations, which were first reported in the Sunday Times, are included in Ratajkowski’s upcoming book My Body.
Thicke, according to the 30-year-old, “returned to the set a little drunk to shoot just with me.”
“I felt the coolness and foreignness of a stranger’s hands cupping my bare breasts from behind, out of nowhere. Looking back at Robin Thicke, I moved away instinctively “She is a writer.
The model described feeling “humiliation pump through [her] body.”
Ratajkowski appeared in the video with Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and TI.
Diane Martel, the video’s director, told the Sunday Times that she remembered the alleged incident.
“I recall the moment he grabbed her breasts. As they were both in profile, he stood behind her “According to what she was quoted as saying.
Thicke later apologised, according to the director.
Blurred Lines topped charts all over the world, including the UK, where it became the most-downloaded song of all time in 2014.
However, its lyrics and music video have been criticised by some for allegedly referring to non-consensual sex. Pharrell later admitted that the lyrics made him “embarrassed.”
Thicke defended the video, telling the BBC in 2013 that his detractors didn’t “get” the song.
In addition, he told the New York Times in 2015 that the lyrics were not meant to have sexual connotations. “I have never and would never write a song with such a negative connotation,” he said.