Singer Frank Ocean is reportedly being sued by his father for a sum of around $14 million. Calvin Cooksey (Ocean’s Father) is alleged to have filed a lawsuit following comments made by Ocean via his Tumblr page.
Following the tragic events of the Orlando nightclub shooting last summer, Frank Ocean posted a heartfelt message on his Tumblr profile, expressing his solidarity with the victims and calling for pride in the LGBT community.
A section of the message included a story about his estranged father (Cooksey), in which Ocean explained: “I was six years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a faggot as he dragged me out a neighborhood 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 claiming that said event never actually happened and is now suing his son for defamation. He is also claiming that the story has damaged his financial opportunities in film and music.
Sections of the suit also criticise Ocean for his relationship with fellow musician and former Odd Future bandmate Tyler The Creator. In the suit, Cooksey asserts: It’s important to note that on June 21, 2016, the Defendant did NOT include a homophobic bigot named Tyler the Creator in the Defendant’s June 21, 2016 anti-homophobic Tumblr essay. Defendant intentionally failed to mention Tyler the Creator… because Tyler the Creator is one of Defendant’s music producers on Defendant’s new album Blonde. Defendant knew that Tyler the Creator had been banned by two different countries, the United Kingdom and Australia, for three to five years over Tyler the Creator’s homophobic hateful rap lyrics during 2015.
Ocean released his most recent album ‘Blonde’ on August 20, 2016. The album is reported to have earned Ocean around $1.5 million within its first week of sales.