Frank Ocean has squashed the libel lawsuit brought against him by his father. Earlier this year, Calvin Cooksey filed suit against the Blonde artist for a 2016 Tumblr post in which Ocean described allegedly hearing his father call a transgender waitress "f****t" when he was a child. Cooksey had claimed the post ruined his future "financial opportunities," but Ocean's attorney confirmed to Pitchfork Wednesday that his client had defeated the suit.
"It was a super sad case," Keith Bremer, Ocean's attorney, said. "I am sorry that my client had to go through this and am glad that we could bring closure." Cooksey lost the $14.5 million libel suit because he had "failed to prove his son had defamed him at all," TMZ reported. A full written decision from the judge is expected later this week.
In addition to claims of libel, Cooksey's suit accused Ocean of being a "fraud" and also referred to Tyler, the Creator as a "devil worshiper." In a response to the suit filed in May, Ocean said the Tumblr post "speaks for itself" and asked for the case to be dismissed. Ocean also asked for his father to cover potential court costs.
In the Tumblr post, shared in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting, Ocean recalled allegedly hearing his father use the slur when he was six years old. "I was six years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a f****t as he dragged me out 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. Many hate us and wish we didn't exist." The post is still live here.