In the above video, Williams was asked which cords are used in bluegrass songs. He replied, "You should check it out" and "I'm not a teacher." Busch, the opposing lawyer, continued to probe him on his knowledge of chords and music structure, to which Williams replied, "I'm not here to teach you music." The singer admitted that he is able to read a musical notation, but is unable to write one. When asked to name two musical notes and their duration, he replied, "I'm not comfortable with this" and "I can't answer you at this time."
In Williams' taped testimony, the music superstar comes off as quite combative. As he gets grilled on whether he can read music, the situation becomes quickly uncomfortable. Busch, lead attorney for the Gayes, keeps pushing, and at one point, he gets Williams to dance around prior media comments about Gaye’s influence in the studio. Williams' anger is palpable.
When asked to define a chord structure during the deposition, Williams said (in the above video), "I'm not here to teach you music" and stated multiple times in response to questions, "I'm not comfortable."
A federal judge will soon enter a judgment that orders Williams and Thicke to pay more than $5 million. This will pave the road for a promised appeal. Before the case enters the next phase expected to focus on jury instructions, what musicologists were allowed to say, and the adequacy of the evidence, take a look for the first time at what the jury was allowed to see.
"I did not go in the studio with the intention of making anything feel like, or to sound like, Marvin Gaye," Williams said during the deposition. The attorney further questioned the singer, "When you were creating 'Blurred Lines,' were you trying to pretend that you were Marvin Gaye?" Williams replied: "At that particular time, no. But as I look back, I feel that feeling."
This story originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.