Frank Ocean responds to his father’s libel lawsuit related to a 2016 Tumblr post.
Back in February 2017, Frank Ocean was sued by his father Calvin Cooksey for $14.5 million. The lawsuit accused Ocean of libel/defamation following a Tumblr post that Ocean published in 2016 as a response to the Orlando nightclub shooting incident accusing Cooksey of using a homophobic slur when he was a child. According to the original Tumblr post, Ocean wrote:
I was 6 years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a f****t as he dragged me out of 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 has denied these claims, claiming that Ocean “published these falsehoods…for the financial success of Defendant’s new album Blonde, and to ruin his father.”
Today, Ocean has finally issued a response to his father’s lawsuit. Ocean “admits he wrote the published essay” and that it “speaks for itself.” According to the singer, the allegations are “statements of opinion, and thus not the proper subjects of a libel claim.” TMZ further reports that Ocean wishes for the court to dismiss the case and is demanding his father to cover all of the legal fees.
Cooksey has had a history of filing lawsuits. According to TMZ, Cooksey previously sued Russell Simmons in 2014 for $142 million.
You can read Frank Ocean’s full legal response in detail below or on Scribd here.