Frank Ocean defeats $14.5 million libel lawsuit filed by his father

“We are glad that it ended in Frank’s favor and that it is over,” Ocean’s lawyer said in a statement to The FADER.

Frank Ocean defeats $14.5 million libel lawsuit filed by his father Frank Ocean attends the Time 100 Gala, April 29, 2014.   Timothy A. Clary / Getty Images

Frank Ocean has defeated the libel lawsuit that was brought against him by his father last February, Law360 reports.

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The lawsuit, filed by Ocean's father Calvin Cooksey, was in response to the singer's 2016 Tumblr post in the wake of the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. In the post, Ocean described his father using a gay slur when he was a child. "I was six years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a faggot as he dragged me out a neighbourhood diner saying we wouldn’t be served because she was dirty," he wrote.

In the lawsuit, Cooksey claimed that his son's post cost him “future financial opportunities” and sought $14.5 million in damages. On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Cooksey, who represented himself in court, had not sufficiently proven his libel claims.

“It was a sad case,” Ocean's attorney Keith Bremer said in a statement to The FADER. “We are glad that it ended in Frank’s favor and that it is over.”

October 18, 2017
Frank Ocean defeats $14.5 million libel lawsuit filed by his father