UPDATE: A spokesperson for Chipotle tells Rolling Stone, “If/when we get a check from Frank, we should be able to close the books on this. Right now, all we have is a photo online.”
Frank Ocean has apparently ended a recent legal spat with Chipotle in epic fashion.
Last week, the fast food chain filed a lawsuit against Ocean, claiming that the singer backed out of a deal to record a song for an advertising campaign after taking a fee for the work. The song, a cover of 1971’s “Pure Imagination” popularized in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, was eventually recorded by Fiona Apple.
Ocean was paid $212,500 after signing onto the campaign in July 2013 with another fee of the same amount to be paid after delivering the song. After Ocean was informed that the video he thought was promoting responsible farming would include Chiptole’s logo throughout the video, the singer allegedly backed out, triggering the lawsuit.
Now, Ocean posted what appears to be an image of a cashier’s check to his Tumblr in the amount of $212,500 to a redacted company with “Fuck off” written in the Memo section in all caps. The remitter is listed as Ocean’s real name Christopher Breaux. The singer tellingly posted Wikipedia’s entry for “Defamation” right before posting the image of the check.
A representative for Ocean declined comment.
Last week, it was revealed that Ocean’s legal team sent Chipotle a letter explaining his withdrawal, noting that, “When Frank was asked to participate in this project, Chipotle’s representatives told him that the thrust of the campaign was to promote responsible farming. There was no Chipotle reference or logo in the initial presentation, and Chipotle told Frank that was an intentional element of the campaign,” the letter said. “Frank was also promised that he’d have the right to approve the master and all advertising.”
Ocean recently recorded “Hero,” a collaboration for Converse’s “Three Artists, One Song” with Diplo and The Clash’s Mick Jones and Paul Simonon. “Hero” was one of five tracks recorded at Damon Albarn’s London studio during a four-day tear by Simonon, Jones and Diplo. Ocean chimed in from afar, selecting the final cut and titling it.