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Frank Ocean’s Father: My Son Is ‘Scam Artist and a Hypocrite’

Calvin Cooksey sues singer for $14 million and accuses him of fabricating homophobic incident described in Tumblr post

Frank Ocean‘s estranged father Calvin Cooksey has sued the Blonde singer for libel in a civil lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles. Cooksey is seeking $14 million.

In the lawsuit, obtained by Rolling Stone, Cooksey accused his son of libeling him in a Tumblr post the singer wrote following the deadly Pulse nightclub shooting.

“I was six years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a faggot as he dragged me out of a neighborhood diner saying we wouldn’t be served because she was dirty,” Ocean wrote. “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 denies the incident ever took place in a statement to Rolling Stone, claiming the story is “a lie” and the singer is “us[ing] his father as an instrument for personal connection in order to sell records.”

“I have never discriminated against anyone transgender or heterosexual or homosexual,” Cooksey writes in an e-mail to Rolling Stone. “The events that defendant describes on June 21st 2016, that I called a transgender waitress FAGGOT NEVER HAPPENED … The defendant is a scam artist, a fraud and a hypocrite who deceive[d] the LGBT community on June 21st, 2016 for the financial success of [Ocean’s album] Blonde.” Cooksey went on to call Ocean’s post a “publicity stunt in the wake of the Orlando attack.”

A rep for Ocean did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Cooksey’s lawsuit argues that the post, which was viewed by “millions” of people, cost his father “future financial opportunities in the film and music industries.”

“Frank was aware that his father [has] written a manuscript titled Part of the Game, which is a crime thriller and defendant and his mother are in the movie,” he writes. “The defendant has destroyed his father’s reputation so that his father can never get a deal or produce his father’s movie.”

Cooksey’s suit includes one exhibit: An August 2015 Rolling Stone article about how Tyler, the Creator was banned from the U.K. due to homophobic lyrics. Tyler, the Creator is credited on Blonde‘s “Pink + White” and “Skyline To.”

“Frank knew that Tyler, the Creator had been banned from Australia and United Kingdom for homophobic rap lyrics which could incite violence against LGBT members,” Cooksey writes. “Yet [he] still allowed … Tyler, the Creator to be a music producer on … ‘Blonde’. He attacked God’s scriptures as if God only sees homosexuality as a sin. Please see the Ten Commandments. Lying, stealing, lust and defendant’s favorite: disrespecting thy father.”

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