Frank Ocean’s Father Is Now Suing Him For $14 Million & You Won’t Believe Why
BY: NISHA THOMAS
Singer Frank Ocean is now being sued by his own father, Calvin Cooksey, for defamation in the demand of $14 million in damages. This is all allegedly over claims that he’d used a homophobic slur in the early 90’s.
In the wake of the unfortunate attack that took place at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub just last year, Ocean took to his Tumblr account to say: “I was six years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a f@ggot as he dragged me out a neighbourhood diner saying we wouldn’t be served because she was dirty. 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 is now denying the claims that this incident ever took place, accusing his son of trying to stage a “publicity stunt in the wake of the Orlando attack … [and] us[ing] his father as an instrument for personal connection in order to sell records”.
In a statement to Rolling Stone, Cooksey said: “I have never discriminated against anyone transgender or heterosexual or homosexual. The events that [the] defendant describes on 21 Jun 2016, that I called a transgender waitress FAGGOT, NEVER HAPPENED … The defendant is a scam artist, a fraud and a hypocrite who deceive[d] the LGBT community on 21 Jun 2016 for the financial success of [Ocean’s album] ‘Blonde’”.
Back in 2014, Cooksey attempted to sue Russell Simmons for defamation, and demanded that he receive $142 million after the Def Jam co-founder and exec allegedly referred to him as being a “deadbeat dad” in a past interview.
The case was thrown out before it’d even reached court.