After the Pulse nightclub massacre in 2016, Frank Ocean penned an open-hearted Tumblr post about the challenges faced by LGBTQ people around the world. Most notably, Ocean recalled the first time he ever heard a common homophobic slur—from his own father in a diner:
“I was six years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a faggot as he dragged me out a neighborhood diner saying we wouldn’t be served because she 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.”
His father, Calvin Cooksey, claimed the story was untrue and told TMZ that it “damaged his financial opportunities in film and music,” filing a $14.5 million defamation suit against his son earlier this year. Now, Law360 reports that Ocean has won the libel suit. His attorney, Keith Bremer, confirmed the ruling to Pitchfork, painting it as an emotional ordeal. “It was a super sad case,” Bremer told Pitchfork. “I am sorry that my client had to go through this and am glad that we could bring closure.”
The judge is expected to deliver a full written decision this week, when we will likely hear more details from the courtroom.