Report: Frank Ocean’s Father Sues Russell Simmons for $142 Million

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Report: Frank Ocean’s Father Sues Russell Simmons for $142 Million

Singer's dad, Calvin Cooksey, upset by coverage on mogul's website.

Published September 15, 2014

Careful what you say about Frank Ocean's daddy. The Channel Orange singer's father, Calvin Cooksey, has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Russell Simmons, reportedly, claiming that the Global Grind founder defamed him by calling him a deadbeat dad via the website.

According to TMZ, Cooksey hasn't been part of his son's life since Ocean was 5 years old, and admits as much because of what he says is a good reason, Ocean's "money grubbing mother" kept the two from seeing each other.

Cooksey, who describes himself as a singer, a writer and an inventor, alleges Simmons' site published news of his absence without fact checking, and what's worse, didn't even use his actual name in the reputation-tarnishing post.

He wants $142 million to cover loss of future income. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

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Written by BET-Staff


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