Frank Ocean sued by his dad over Tumblr post
Frank Ocean is being sued by his own father over a Tumblr post he wrote last summer.
The 29-year-old star is reportedly facing legal action from Calvin Cooksey, who claims his son has tarnished his reputation by suggesting he is a bigot.
Following the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in June last year, Frank – who revealed he is gay in 2012 – wrote: "I was 6 years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a f****t as he dragged me out of a neighborhood diner saying we wouldn’t be served because she was dirty. (sic)"
But Calvin has denied the incident ever took place and has filed a defamation lawsuit against the star, claiming Frank’s accusation has undermined his ability to make money in the film and music businesses.
Calvin is seeking as much as $14.5 million in damages from his son, according to the gossip website TMZ.
Meanwhile, the ‘Swim Good’ hitmaker suggested last year that he could move away from music altogether and instead try his hand at something completely alien to him.
He explained: "I believe that I am one of the best in the world at what I do, and that’s all I ever wanted to be.
"It’s more interesting for me to figure out how to be superior in areas where I’m naive, where I am a novice."
Frank also said that after leaving Def Jam Recordings, he doesn’t feel the need to release a complete album and might instead stick to a "half-a-song format" in the future.
He shared: "Because I am not in a record deal, I don’t have to operate in an album format. I can operate in half-a-song format."