Frank Ocean responded to his estranged father’s $14.5 million libel lawsuit, denying the majority of claims leveled against him in a new court filing. Calvin Cooksey sued the singer in February over a Tumblr post Ocean wrote after the deadly Pulse nightclub shooting.
The post in question revealed his father once called a transgender waitress a “faggot” when he was a child. “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,” the note reads.
In his answer to the complaint, obtained by Pitchfork, Ocean said his essay “speaks for itself” and asserts that everything he wrote is true. He denied the majority of his father’s allegations, saying they’re “statements of opinion, and thus not the proper subjects of a libel claim.” The answer also argues that the complaint is barred by applicable statutes of limitations. Ocean is asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit and order Cooksey to cover all of Ocean’s legal fees.
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