Frank Ocean is currently facing a $14.5 million dollar defamation lawsuit from his estranged father, Calvin Cooksey, who claims that his son libeled him in a Tumblr note following last summer’s Orlando nightclub shooting. In the note, Ocean recounted a childhood experience in which his father had introduced him to a homosexual slur. Cooksey, who is representing himself, claims that the incident never happened and that the story has ruined his “future financial opportunities in the film and music industries.”
Pitchfork has obtained Cooksey’s lengthy complaint and called attention to a specific section in which he also goes off on frequent Ocean collaborator Tyler, the Creator. Cooksey, who at one point in the text refers to Tyler as a “devil worshiper,” writes:
“It’s important to note that on June 21, 2016, the Defendant did NOT include a homophobic bigot named Tyler the Creator in the Defendant’s June 21, 2016 anti-homophobic Tumblr essay. Defendant intentionally failed to mention Tyler the Creator… because Tyler the Creator is one of Defendant’s music producers on Defendant’s new album Blonde. Defendant knew that Tyler the Creator had been banned by two different countries, the United Kingdom and Australia, for three to five years over Tyler the Creator’s homophobic hateful rap lyrics during 2015.”
In the above section, Cooksey cites a 2015 letter from the UK’s Secretary Of State which bans Tyler from stepping foot in the country and justifies its decision by pointing to lyrics that “encourage violence and intolerance of homosexuality” and “foster hatred with views thats seek to provoke others to terrorist acts.” The complaint continues:
“This is the reason Defendant did not include this homophobic Tyler the Creator on June 21, 2016, because it would expose Defendant as a hypocrite and fraud who dishonestly betrayed the LGBT fans base for Tyler the Creator, who has clearly demonstrated hate for the LGBT community. In so, to protect the financial success of Defendant’s new album Blonde, the Defendant …. Just left the biggest homophobic in the music industries out of Defendant’s bogus June 12th 2016 Anti Homophobic — Tumblr Essay.”
Cooksey uses inflammatory language throughout the complaint, referring to his son as a “fraud,” a “scam artist,” and a “hypocrite” for not mentioning Tyler in his original Tumblr note. Read the documents below.
As Pitchfork points out, according to a separate public document, a judge has ordered Ocean and Cooksey to undergo mediation in hopes of reaching a settlement.