Mexican Restaurant Chain Chipotle Sues Frank Ocean for $200,000


According to a suit filed on March 7th, the Mexican restaurant chain Chipotle is suing “Channel Orange” singer Frank Ocean for backing out of a deal to sing for a Chipotle commercial.

The restaurant chain is suing Ocean for $212,500, the advance money on the $425,000 deal. The suit alleges that he was set to record a song entitled “Pure Imagination” for an ad and in July of 2013 was paid $212,500 with the rest coming after the song’s completion. To make a long story short there seemed to be creative differences between Frank and Chipotle representatives. is reporting that the singer’s legal team disputed Chipotle’s account of the transaction in Los Angeles Superior Court, writing:

“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.”

Ocean apparently did not approve of Chipotle’s decision to place its logo at the end of the commercial and realized he wasn’t going to have as much say in the project as he wanted. Since he backed out of the deal, Chipotle is suing for the initial advance they paid Ocean.

Yesterday, the Odd Future member returned the $212,500 in the form of a cashiers check. Need proof? He uploaded a copy of it to his Tumblr page. The check’s memo line reads, “F**K OFF.”

To read the actual legal documents filed against Ocean CLICK HERE.