Frank Ocean beat a $14.5 million libel suit from his estranged father, Calvin Cooksey, on Tuesday. After a day-long trial -- which saw Ocean, his mother Katonya Breaux and Cooksey take the stand -- as Law360 reports, U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson ruled that Cooksey hadn’t provided sufficient evidence of defamation.
The alleged evidence was a Tumblr post that Ocean wrote in June 2016, shortly after the mass shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub that killed 49 people. In the essay, Ocean recalled a childhood memory of being at a New Orleans restaurant with Cooksey when the latter called their transgender waitress an anti-gay slur, before dragging Ocean out of the restaurant because the waitress was "dirty."
“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,” Ocean wrote. He did not call out Cooksey by name, nor did Cooksey, who represented himself at the trial, produce anyone who saw the post and believed it was about him, argued Judge Wilson. Any claim for damages were therefore “speculative,” the judge said.