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Frank Ocean Wins in Libel Suit Filed By His Father

Frank Ocean Wins in Libel Suit Filed By His Father”

To bring you up to speed, Ocean's father, Calvin Cooksey, sued the Grammy-winning piano man for defamation back in February following a Tumblr post he wrote about him in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, FL.

Frank Ocean has won the libel case brought forward against him by his father.

A judge on Tuesday ruled that Cooksey did not have sufficient evidence of defamation and therefore ruled in the Grammy-winning singer's favor, Billboard reported. He had been seeking $14.5 million damages, claiming he had been deprived of "financial opportunities in film and music" because Ocean a year ago on Tumblr discussed his dad's use of homophobic slurs. The former also argued in his complaint that the Tumblr post put him "in the middle of a terrorist attack on the gay community", as well as "ruined [Cooksey's] future financial opportunities in the film and music industries".

Ocean's allegedly called his father a "bigot" while recounting a childhood experience where his father allegedly called a transgender waitress "a f****t".

Good news, though! This week, Ocean prevailed and defeated the libel suit, according to Law 360. Frank's attorney told TMZ, "It was a sad case, but we are glad that it ended in Frank's favor and that it is over". Adding, "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".

Ocean, 29, has yet to personally comment on the legal victory.



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