Frank Ocean’s dad is suing hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons for $142 million. Yeah, you read that right.
TMZ reports that Ocean’s father Calvin Cooksey says he has been unfairly portrayed as a deadbeat dad on Simmons’ website, Global Grind. Cooksey is suing Simmons for defamation.
In the lawsuit Cooksey claims he never had the opportunity to be a father to Ocean, because his “Money Grubbing mother” moved and hid his son from him.
However, according to Ocean he and his father have been estranged all his life. Back in 2012 Ocean highlighted the strained relationship when he revealed his father was suing him on Twitter. “Father wanna sue me for a million. Like I owe him back child support,” Ocean tweeted. “Weak individual bought me a swiss knife at 6yrs old then dipped on me.”
Whatever the case, Ocean’s dad claims the website published lies about him without checking facts. Cooksey, who describes himself a singer, writer, and inventor, saysthe $142 million will cover the loss of future income resulting from the alleged defamation. —Nadirah Simmons | @nadirahsimm