A New York jury has taken just three hours to decide Grammy Award-winning pop singer Ed Sheeran did not copy one of Marvin Gaye’s biggest songs, but whether he will remain at the Brooklyn apartment he rented during the court case remains to be seen.
Sheeran paid $36,000 per month to lease the luxury apartment in Brooklyn Bridge Park, with the four-bedroom, four-bathroom abode offering sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline.
Had the jury of three men and four women found Sheeran guilty of plagiarising Gaye’s Let’s Get It On when composing Thinking Out Loud in 2014, the auburn-haired singer had said he would quit music.
Thankfully that won’t happen, given the 32-year-old won the case, but outside court he said it was frustrating baseless claims like the one against him made it to court.
“I’m just a guy with a guitar who loves writing music for people to enjoy. I am not and will never allow myself to be a piggy bank for anyone to shake,” he said outside the court, according to news.com.au.
“These cords are common building blocks which were used to create music long before Let’s Get it On was written. (They) will be used to make music long after we are all gone.
“They are a songwriter’s alphabet. Our toolkit. And should be there for all of us to use. No one owns them. Or the way they are played. In the same way nobody owns the colour blue.”
Now, it remains to be seen if Sheeran will move out of the luxury apartment he rented during the case.
It features four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a wrap-around kitchen, hardwood floors, and 16-foot ceilings.
The apartment was originally listed as the most expensive in all of Brooklyn when it hit the market in January, according to The Daily Mail.
According to the listing by Societe Real Estate’s Sarah Williams, the apartment offered five-star service with immense security measures.
It came furnished with luxury furniture from brands like West Elm, Crate and Barrel, Rejuvenation, Arteriors, Gervasoni, and Cassina.
Bookshelves line the walls behind the stairs across the first floor, where all four of the apartment’s bedrooms are located— three on one side of the apartment, with the master facing the river and Manhattan on the other.
The master bedroom and living room both open out onto a 9.75m wide terrace beneath another terrace on the floor above.
The apartment’s bathrooms feature spa-worthy amenities, including walk-in glass showers, bathtubs, and dynamic lighting.