Russell Simmons Facing $142 Million Lawsuit From Frank Ocean's Father


(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.

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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.

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