Frank Ocean’s Father Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Him

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Last year, after the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Frank Ocean wrote a tribute post to the victims, and in it he recalled an incident when his father, Calvin Cooksey, used a homophobic slur toward a transgender teen. It’s that simple recollection that has prompted Cooksey to file a $14 million defamation lawsuit against his son.

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Cooksey claims that since that Tumblr post, he’s lost financial opportunities in the film industry because of what he says is his son’s lie.

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Last year, Cooksey infamously attempted to sue Russell Simmons as well when Simmons claimed that he was a deadbeat dad. That was $142 million Cooksey never saw.

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HumboldtGenesis
HumboldtGenesis

Frank Ocean’s dad sounds like a terrible person. Who sues their own son like that? And that Russell Simmons suit. I have questions about his lost film industry opportunities. A quick internet search doesn’t reveal any film credits for Calvin Cooksey.