Frank Ocean Claims He’s Immune to Father’s Lawsuit
A few months ago Frank Ocean's father, Calvin Cooksey, filed a $14.5 million libel lawsuit against him in response to statements Frank made in a letter he wrote last summer. In the complaint, Cooksey claims the letter, which seems to indicate that he's both homophobic and transphobic, was written for "the financial success of Defendant's new album Blonde, and to ruin his father.”
Now Frank, who recently cancelled a couple of concert dates, has responded to the lawsuit in court documents obtained by Pitchfork, claiming he should be immune to his father's libel suit because his letter contains “statements of opinion," and because of that, are "not the proper subjects of a libel claim.” He also vouches for the truthfulness of the letter, writing that it “speaks for itself."
“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,” Frank wrote in a post he uploaded to TUMBLR following the tragic shooting in an Orlando, Fla. nightclub last summer.
Frank's letter certainly does say a lot, and we doubt he'll be saying much else about the matter. Since it's such an open-and-close matter to him, he'll likely be focusing on other matters. You can read Frank's response to his father below.
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