The singer has apparently returned the cheque the chain gave him after they filed a lawsuit against him for breach of contract
Frank Ocean has told Mexican restaurant chain Chipotle to “fuck off”, following reports that Chipotle were suing the singer.
According to the restaurant, they paid the singer $212,500 to record a song for an advertising campaign but he never delivered it. A lawsuit was filed on Friday (March 7) in Los Angeles Superior Court for breach of contract, claiming that a deal was agreed with Ocean to record a song titled ‘Pure Imagination’, with the chain seeking a reimbursement of the $212,500 it paid him plus further damages.
However, Ocean has now posted a copy of the cheque with the words “Fuck Off” written on it on his Tumblr. It is presumed that the ‘Channel Orange’ star then sent said cheque back to Chipotle. Prior to posting the picture of the cheque, Ocean blogged a link to the Wikipedia page for defamation.
Chipotle stated that they discussed the project with Ocean, informing him that it was to promote local and sustainably-sourced food while drawing awareness to the dangers of industrial farming. It was made clear to Ocean that the chain were funding the campaign and that it was an advert for the restaurant.
The ‘Super Rich Kids’ singer was shown a video of the animated film that his song would accompany, which was 80 per cent finished at the time and did not feature the Chipotle logo at that point. The company paid Ocean $212,500 in July 2013 with the promise of another $212,500 to come after he had completed the track. On August 7 2013, the deadline for the song, Ocean informed Chipotle he would not be participating in the project.
Ocean’s legal team sent a letter to Chipotle dated August 15 2013, which read in part: “When Frank was asked to participate in this project, Chipotle’s representatives told him that the thrust of the campaign was to promote responsible farming. There was no Chipotle reference or logo in the initial presentation, and Chipotle told Frank that was an intentional element of the campaign. Frank was also promised that he’d have the right to approve the master and all advertising.”