Ocean’s dad, Calvin Cooksey, has been absent from his son’s life since the R&B crooner was five years old, TMZ reports, and now he’s claiming Simmons unfairly portrayed him as a bad dad on his website Global Grind.
Cooksey’s libel claim, he says, will cause a loss of future income for the self-described singer, writer and inventor. As well, he has taken offense that Simmons’ website did not use his actual name.
Cooksey blames Ocean’s mother for his absence, calling her “money grubbing” and saying he wasn’t allowed to be a father to his son.
In December 2012, Ocean tweeted his father wanted to sue him for $1 million. In a post, later deleted, he wrote, “Father wanna sue me for a million. Like I owe him back child support. Weak individual bought me a swiss knife at 6yrs old then dipped on me.”
As of publishing, representatives for Simmons and Ocean had not responded to requests for comment.