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Singer Frank Ocean Beats Estranged Dad’s $14.5M Libel Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (October 17, 2017, 9:17 PM EDT) -- Grammy Award-winning musician Frank Ocean beat a $14.5 million libel suit from his estranged father Tuesday, when a California federal judge ruled at a daylong bench trial that the dad hadn’t shown that his son defamed him with a 2016 Tumblr post that recounted him calling a transgender waitress an anti-gay slur.

U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson said that while the court doesn’t have to rule whether the statement was truthful, Calvin Cooksey still had failed to meet necessary elements to make his defamation claim.

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Case Information

Case Title

Calvin Edward Cooksey v. Frank Ocean

Case Number



California Central

Nature of Suit

Assault Libel & Slander


Stephen V. Wilson

Date Filed

February 2, 2017

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