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Frank Ocean Beats Father's $14.5 M Libel Suit

Wednesday Oct 18, 2017
Frank Ocean in the music video for "Nikes."
Frank Ocean in the music video for "Nikes."  (Source:Screen shot via Vimeo)

Frank Ocean defeated a $14.5 million lawsuit Tuesday filed by his own father, according to Law 360.

It was reported earlier this year that the singer's father Calvin Cooskey sued his son for libel over a Tumblr post Ocean wrote in the wake of the Pulse gay club massacre last year. In his note, the "Pyramids" singer recalled a time where his father allegedly used a gay slur towards a transgender waitress.

"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 wrote at the time.

In his lengthy complaint, Cooskey claims his son "published these falsehoods" "for the financial success of Defendant's new album 'Blonde,' and to ruin his father." Pitchfork points out Cooskey also called Ocean's friend, rapper Tyler, the Creator, a "devil worshiper."

Ocean said in May that his essay "speaks for itself" and Pitchfork obtained court documents where Ocean denies most of his father's allegations, adding they're "statements of opinion, and thus not the proper subjects of a libel claim." He also argues the complaint is barred by applicable statues of limitations.

Judge Stephen V Wilson ruled in favor of Ocean Tuesday, saying Cooskey, who represented himself in court, failed to meet the necessary requirements to make defamation claim, Law 360 reports.

"Based upon other deficiencies in the plaintiff's case, the judgment has to be for the defendant," Wilson reportedly said.

A representative for the singer said Ocean was glad the case was over and that it created a difficult situation for him.

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