Following a family feud, Marvin Gaye’s son is being investigated for assault. On Thursday, January 12, Marvin Gaye III is accused of pointing a gun at his own cousin during an argument in his Los Angeles home.
According to TMZ, sheriff deputies responded to Marvin III’s Calabasas home after receiving a call about a “family dispute” at 8:05 p.m. on Thursday. He allegedly argued with his wife and cousin about a previous assault.
Marvin III allegedly pulled a gun on his cousin as the argument escalated. He then got into his sports car and drove away. When deputies arrived, they assumed Marvin III was still inside and asked him to come outside. Neighbors, however, informed them that Marvin III had already left in his Corvette.
Deputies then met with Marvin III’s family and took a “assault” report, in which Marvin III is named as the suspect. It’s unclear if anyone was hurt in the incident, but video obtained by the site shows Marvin III’s wife being assisted by paramedics and police outside the home following the altercation. So far, no arrests have been made.
Marvin III is the son of the Motown legend and Denise Gordy, the niece of Marvin’s first wife Anna Gordy and Berry Gordy (Anna’s brother). Denise gave birth to their child in 1965, when she was only 16 years old and Marvin was still married to her aunt Anna.
Marvin III is best known for winning a $7.4 million lawsuit against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for using his father’s 1977 hit song “Got to Give It Up” without permission. A judge ordered the artists to pay $7.4 million after ruling that their 2013 megahit “Blurred Lines” violated Marvin’s copyright. Later, the amount was reduced to $5.3 million.