Folks, even if you strongly believe you are 100% right about a racist or other discriminatory comment someone may have said to you, it is a good idea to avoid sharing the statements with the media or the public, unless you have documented evidence showing the statement made is, in fact, true. This is to not to promote fear. The point is to underscore that if you do so, be prepared for that person to say your statement is false and to sue you for defamation, even if that person is a relative.
The aforementioned scenario is exactly the situation Frank Ocean currently finds himself. Ocean’s father has sued him for statements he made on social media that painted his father as a bigot. His father says the statements are simply untrue and has countered with a $14.5 million lawsuit.
Ocean’s alleged defamatory statement was a written statement made on social media (Tumblr), meaning we are dealing with libel. So, revisit the recent AML archived case of Maje Ayida v. Toke Makinwa to see my discussion on what constitutes libel.
Ocean’s case reminds me of the 2011 case where Beyonce’s father Mathew Knowles sued her company, Live Nation and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation for claiming that he stole money from Beyonce. They were, many years later, finally able to reconcile. I hope Ocean and his father can resolve their issues.
Excerpt from the story:
Frank Ocean’s being sued by his father who says his son smeared his good name by claiming he was a bigot.
Calvin Cooksey filed the defamation lawsuit over a Tumblr post Frank wrote last summer in the wake of the Orlando massacre. In the post, Frank accused his dad of using a homophobic slur years and years ago … when Frank was a kid.
Frank recalled, “I was 6 years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a f****t as he dragged me out of a neighborhood diner saying we wouldn’t be served because she was dirty.”
Calvin calls the story BS and says it’s damaged his financial opportunities in film and music…
~TMZ has the full story.
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