Frank Ocean Beats His Father in $14.5 Million Defamation Suit


Frank Ocean has won the libel case brought forward against him by his father. The lawsuit didn't have to do with his music but a much more personal issue.

This upset the estranged father, because nearly a year after the Orlando shooting where at least 49 people were shot dead at the Pulse gay club, Cooksey claimed his son lied against him, adding that the accusation damaged his financial opportunities in film and music.

Ocean was sued by his dad Calvin Cooksey earlier this year over an essay that the singer wrote that painted his father as a bigot.

Cooksey claimed that his son defamed him in an open letter, in which the Blonde singer claimed that his father called a transgender waitress "a fa**ot" at one point in his life. After a day-long trial - which saw Ocean, his mother Katonya Breaux and Cooksey take the stand - as Law360 reports, U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson ruled that Cooksey hadn't provided sufficient evidence of defamation. Frank's lawyer, Keith Bremner, confirmed the ruling to Pitchfork. Frank's attorney tells us, "It was a sad case, but we are glad that it ended in Frank's favor and that it is over".

"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", Frank wrote in the post in response to the Orlando, Fla. nightclub shooting last year.

The judge is reportedly set to deliver a full written statement on the case later this week.