October 18, 2017


Frank Ocean Beats His Father's $14.5 Million Libel Lawsuit

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Frank Ocean has won the libel lawsuit that his estranged father filed against him, Law360 reports. The singer's father, Calvin Cooksey, first sued his son for defamation back in February and sought $14.5 million in damages.

The reason? It was in response to Ocean's Tumblr post last year following last summer's Orlando nightclub shooting, where the singer recalled his dad saying a homosexual slur. “I was six years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a f----t as he dragged me out a neighborhood diner saying we wouldn’t be served because she was dirty,” Ocean wrote. “That was the last afternoon I saw my father and the first time I heard that word, I think, although it wouldn’t shock me if it wasn’t.”

Cooksey later claimed the post affected "his financial opportunities in film and music." But the judge ruled in Ocean's favor stating he “failed to meet necessary elements to make his defamation claim.” The singer's attorney Keith Bremer shared the confirmation to Pitchfork: “It was a super sad case. I am sorry that my client had to go through this and am glad that we could bring closure.”

On the music end, Ocean shared his new "Provider" song, which premiered during a surprise episode of “blonded RADIO" back in August. Below, watch Frank explain why winning a BRIT Award "is like skydiving" back in 2013: