Emily Ratajkowski had reservations about sharing her experience on the set of “Blurred Lines” with the world.
Earlier this month, an excerpt from the We are your friends the star’s next book My body was released, in which Ratajkowski claimed Robin Thicke groped her on the set of her 2013 music video for the controversial hit “Blurred Lines”. Ratajkowski and several other women were topless in the video, which was directed by Diane Martel.
Ratajkowski wrote, by Sunday TimesSuddenly, out of nowhere, I felt the freshness and strangeness of the hands of a stranger cupping my bare breasts from behind. I instinctively walked away looking at Robin Thicke.
Martel confirmed the incident to Sunday Times, declaring at the point of sale: “I shouted in my very aggressive Brooklyn voice,” What are you doing, that’s it !! Filming is over !! “
In a conversation with Tarana Burke and Anita Hill for Time, Ratajkowski said that initially she did not want to share this experience with the world.
“It wasn’t an essay I wanted to write, because I’m familiar with how allegations of sexual assault – even the terms ‘sexual assault’ and ‘allegations’ – carry such weight in our culture. It’s picked up by the media, and it’s turned into clickbait, ”she said. “I hope we live in a world where people will understand that these things are more complicated than what the media say. [reports] and the way things are viewed online.
Ratajkowski, who became a household name after the clip’s success, said the point she was trying to make in her essay was that initially she felt more comfortable on this set because the The team was mainly made up of women.
“Compared to a lot of jobs I worked at the time as an unknown model, I actually felt pretty comfortable,” she explained. “But ultimately, these women on set weren’t in power.”
Ratajkowski has previously spoken of other experiences in which she felt her body had been violated. In 2016, photographer Jonathan Leder published a book of Explicit Polaroids he kidnapped the star before his rise to fame, which Ratajkowski said was released without his permission.
During series of tweets, she wrote: “This book and the pictures in it are a violation. 5 of the 100 photos posted today were used for what they were intended for: a clever magazine shoot in 2012. These photos used without my permission are an example of the exact opposite of what I stand for: women who choose when and how they want to share their sexuality and their bodies.