Pharrell Williams has defended his comments made to GQ magazine last year, claiming the comments do not meet the standards of perjury related to testimony he gave during the 2015 copyright trial for “Blurred Lines.”

In December, Marvin Gaye‘s family accused Williams of committing perjury in court during the “Blurred Lines” copyright case.

In 2015, Williams, Robin Thicke and the song’s publisher were ordered to pay nearly $5 million for infringing the copyright to Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.”

In an interview, published in early November by GQ, Williams discussed his behind-the-scenes production process and how when he finds something he likes, he “reverse engineers” the feeling he gets from listening to that music.

“I did that in ‘Blurred Lines’ and got myself in trouble,” he told Rick Rubin during the interview.

However, during his deposition Williams had said, “I did not go in the studio with the intention of making anything feel like, or to sound like, Marvin Gaye.”

Gaye’s family is now seeking to recover millions of dollars in attorney fees spent on the old case.

In a new filing, Williams’ legal team said, “In his interview, Williams said that in his creative process, he often ‘reverse engineers’ a song to ‘figure out where the emotional mechanism is in there’ — but he never said that he ‘reverse engineered’ ‘Got to Give it Up’ to compose ‘Blurred Lines,’ or that he entered the studio with the intent to make a song that sounds or feels like Marvin Gaye.”

“While Williams did say that the ‘feeling’ of ‘Blurred Lines’ turned out to be so reminiscent of ‘Got to Give it Up’ that some listeners felt the songs sounded the same, he also specifically stated, as he did at trial, that he had no intent to copy the elements — melody, chords, and lyrics — of the song,” the filing adds. “The factual predicate for the Gayes’ motion therefore fails because his recent interview does not show perjury.”

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