When you're a multi-platinum selling recording artist with two of the most popular and critically acclaimed albums of the past five years to your name, then you can expect a few money grabbers to come out of the woodwork... but your own dad? Now that's a bit low.
In a recent lawsuit, obtained by Rolling Stone, Frank Ocean's estranged father Calvin Cooksey has sued the Blonde singer for libel, and he wants £11.5 million for his trouble.
Cooksey is accusing his son of defaming him in a Tumblr post the singer wrote following the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando last year.
"I was six years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a faggot as he dragged me out of 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."
Cooksey denies the incident ever took place, claiming the story is "a lie" and the singer is "using" his father as an instrument for personal connection in order to sell records."
"I have never discriminated against anyone transgender or heterosexual or homosexual," Cooksey writes in an e-mail to Rolling Stone. "The events that defendant describes on June 21st 2016, that I called a transgender waitress FAGGOT NEVER HAPPENED ... The defendant is a scam artist, a fraud and a hypocrite who deceive[d] the LGBT community on June 21st, 2016 for the financial success of [Ocean's album] Blonde." Cooksey went on to call Ocean's post a "publicity stunt in the wake of the Orlando attack."
Cooksey's lawsuit argues that the post, which was viewed by "millions" of people, cost him "future financial opportunities in the film and music industries."
This isn't the first time that Cooksey has taken umbrage to what's been said about him in the media. He filed a similar lawsuit against Russell Simmons in 2014 after the Def Jam mogul called Ocean's father a "deadbeat dad" in an interview.
A judge threw out that £113 million lawsuit without going to trial.