Emily Ratajkowski Reveals Why She Didn’t Speak Out Sooner About Robin Thicke
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Emily Ratajkowski has revealed why she didn't speak out sooner about her recent sexual assault claims against Robin Thicke on the set of the 'Blurred Lines' music video.
The 30-year-old supermodel accused Thicke, 44, of 'cupping her breasts' when alone with her during the filming of the 2013 video, which featured Pharrell Williams and T.I.
Ratajkowski told People that she didn't speak up sooner because it might have affected her career.
"I was an unknown model and if I had spoken out or complained, I would not be where I am today; I would not be famous," she explained.
The model then said that the decision to speak out has coincided with the release of her 2021 book, My Body, to showcase her growth and change in perspective.
"I wrote a book about the evolution of my politics and that includes a lot of different experiences from my career and my life and the way that I felt and thought about those experiences have evolved," she added.
"I hope people are able to read the essay and understand the nuance behind these kinds of situations."
My Body was published by The Sunday Times and the model wrote that she initially enjoyed filming the music video until Thicke and her were allegedly alone on set.
She wrote: "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. 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?'
"I pushed my chin forward and shrugged, avoiding eye contact, feeling the heat of humiliation pump through my body. I didn't react - not really, not like I should have."
The controversial song was ridiculed by many at the time, despite reaching number one on the Billboard Top 40.
Ratajkowski went on to say: "I think all women, we all play the game, capitalizing off of your image, commodifying their body, that's the world that we live in and I would never tell a woman that she shouldn't.
"But I also would hope that they understand that that's sort of a double-edged sword.
"I would like the way that we think about women and men to change and the power dynamics that are unspoken, to change."
LADbible has reached out to Robin Thicke's representatives for comment.
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Topics: US News