Russell Simmons Facing $142 Million Lawsuit From Frank Ocean's Father
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(AllHipHop News) Frank Ocean's father is suing Russell Simmons for a reported 9-figure settlement. According to TMZ, Calvin Cooksey is accusing Simmon's Global Grind website of defaming his name and character in an article.
Cooksey has not been involved in Ocean's life since he was a young child. The GG post apparently referred to Cooksey as a deadbeat dad, but the self-described singer, writer, and inventor says it was Ocean's mother that kept him from seeing his son.
Simmons is now being hit with a $142 million lawsuit. There were reports that Cooksey actually attempted to sue Ocean for a million dollars in 2012. Ocean tweeted at the time, "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." The post was later deleted.
Cooksey is not the first family member of the channel ORANGE album creator to file a suit against celebrity. Ocean's cousin Sha’keir Duarte sued Chris Brown in 2013 after the R&B singer's bodyguard allegedly punched and kicked Duarte during a parking lot scuffle. Brown counter sued Duarte for assault and battery as well.