October 20, 2017 at 12:58 pm EST | by Mariah Cooper
Frank Ocean defeats his father’s ‘gay slur’ $14.5 million libel suit

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Frank Ocean came out victorious in the $14.5 million libel suit filed against him by his father, according to Pitchfork. 

A California federal judge ruled that Ocean’s estranged father, Calvin Cooksey, hadn’t provided sufficient evidence that he had been defamed by Ocean’s 2016 Tumblr post.

Ocean wrote the post in the aftermath of the Pulse nightclub shooting in which he recounted a childhood memory at a restaurant involving his father.

“I was six years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a fa*got as he dragged me out a neighborhood diner saying we wouldn’t be served because she was dirty,” Ocean writes. “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 filed the libel suit in February claiming that the post put him “in the middle of a terrorist attack on the gay community,” and “ruined future financial opportunities in the film and music industries.” He also called Ocean’s post a “publicity stunt in the wake of the Orlando attack.”

Ocean’s attorney Keith Bremer released a statement to TMZ saying “It was a sad case, but we are glad that it ended in Frank’s favor and that it is over.”




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