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Frank Ocean's father sues Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons for $142 million

Calvin Cooksey says he has been unfairly portrayed as a bad parent

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Frank Ocean's father Calvin Cooksey is reportedly suing Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons for $142 million.

TMZ reports that Cooksey is taking legal action against Simmons for defamation of character, stating that he has been portrayed as a poor father on Simmons' website, Global Grind.

He is suing for $142 million (£87,306,713) for loss of future earnings, describing himself as a "singer, writer and inventor". TMZ says that Cooksey has not been part of Ocean's life since the 'Channel Orange' star was five, but his father claims that this is because Ocean's "Money Grubbing mother" would not let him see his son.

Meanwhile, in April of this year, Frank Ocean hinted that he was close to finishing his new album. The R&B singer was known to be working on the follow up to his 2012 LP 'Channel Orange' and shared an image of himself in the studio earlier this year.

Posting on Tumblr, Ocean said that if he did not attend Coachella festival to see OutKast, he could wrap up work on the album, though he was keen to see Andre 3000 and Big Boi's long awaited return. "I might skip on Coachella to stay in the groove and finish this bitch. I feel like they're finna wild out though. Fuck it. Bring the helicopter out," he wrote.

Back in October 2013, Ocean responded to a fan question about new material on his Tumblr blog, saying "when summer comes round again", when asked when he'd be releasing new music. However, a new LP from Ocean has not yet materialised.
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