Frank Ocean Settles Chipotle Lawsuit With Curse-Free Check
by Mike Love,posted Mar 21 2014 11:22AM
Chipotle has dropped their lawsuit against Frank Ocean after receiving payment from the singer, a spokesperson for the fast food company confirmed.
Last week, Ocean posted what appeared to be an image of a cashier's check to his Tumblr in the amount of $212,500 with "F*ck off" written in the Memo section in all caps. The singer tellingly posted Wikipedia's entry for "Defamation" right before posting the image of the check. A spokesperson for Chipotle said at the time, "If/when we get a check from Frank, we should be able to close the books on this. Right now, all we have is a photo online."
Now, the spokesperson says, "Yes, he sent a check but, unlike the pics he posted online, it didn’t say 'f*ck off' on the memo line."
Still, this appears to be the end of this legal situation for Ocean, who was sued by Chipotle for allegedly backing out of a deal to record a song for an advertising campaign after taking a fee for the work. The song, a cover of 1971's "Pure Imagination" popularized in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, was eventually recorded by Fiona Apple.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that Ocean's legal team sent Chipotle a letter explaining his withdrawal, noting that, "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," the letter said. "Frank was also promised that he'd have the right to approve the master and all advertising."