Frank Ocean Wins “Homophobic Slur” Libel Suit Filed Against Him By His Father

"It was a super sad case," said an attorney for the singer.

In a Tumblr post last June, Frank Ocean claimed his father used an anti-gay slur when the singer was a child. In response, Calvin Cooksey filed a $14.5 million libel suit, claiming his son’s remarks cost him “future financial opportunities in the film and music industries.”

This week, though, a Los Angeles judge sided with Ocean and threw out Cooksey’s suit, insisting he failed to prove any defamation.

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“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,” Ocean posted shortly after the Pulse nightclub massacre. “That was the last afternoon I saw my father and the first time I heard that word.”

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“It was a super sad case,” said Ocean’s attorney, Keith Bremer. “I am sorry that my client had to go through this and am glad that we could bring closure.”

Representing himself, Cooksey alleged that Ocean intentionally published falsehoods “for the financial success of [his] new album Blonde, and to ruin his father.”

He further claimed the singer was “a fraud and only cared about making millions of dollars through Defendant’s exclusive deal with Apple, Inc.”

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Cooksey insisted Ocean didn’t call out homophobic comments by frequent collaborator Tyler, the Creator, “because it would expose Defendant as a hypocrite and fraud who dishonestly betrayed the LGBT fans base for Tyler the Creator.”

For the sake of his career, Cooksey maintained, Ocean “left the biggest homophobic in the music industries out of[his] bogus… anti-homophobic Tumblr essay.”

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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