Frank Ocean’s Dad Is Suing Russell Simmons Over Deadbeat Dad Claims

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09.14.14 17 Comments
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Frank Ocean’s dad isn’t pleased with Russell Simmons. According to TMZ, the singer’s father, Calvin Cooksey — a self-proclaimed singer, writer and inventor — is suing Simmons’ Global Grind outfit for labeling him as a deadbeat dad, even though it seems they never actually named him.

“Calvin Cooksey — who hasn’t been part of Ocean’s life since his son was 5 — says he’s been unfairly portrayed as a horrible father on Simmons’ website, Global Grind.

“In his lawsuit, Cooksey goes on the attack — saying he wasn’t allowed to be a father to Frank because his “Money Grubbing mother” moved, and hid the boy from him.

“Cooksey says Simmons published lies about him without checking facts — and worst of all … never bothered to use his actual name in the posts about Ocean’s father. Translation: at least defame me by using my proper name!”

Cooksey’s suing Simmons and Global Grind for $142 million.

Ocean, born Christopher Breaux, was raised in Louisiana by his mother, Katonya Breaux Riley, and cites his grandfather as “the only dad I’d ever know” in nostalgia, ULTRA‘s “There Will Be Tears.”

Essentially, Frank Ocean’s alleged deadbeat dad could potentially land a windfall…for being depicted as a deadbeat dad. Only in America, people.


Correction: “There Will Be Tears” was included on nostalgia, ULTRA, not Channel Orange as originally indicated.

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