Posted: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 – 11:34 AM
Kanye West filed suit Tuesday in Los Angeles against Lloyd’s for $10 million, alleging the insurer refuses to pay out claims stemming from the cancellation of the rapper’s tour last winter due to apparent emotional issues.
According to the lawsuit, lodged in Los Angeles federal court, West filed a claim with Lloyd’s shortly after canceling the second leg of the “Saint Pablo Tour” and checking himself into UCLA Medical Center in November.
An email message sent to a representative for the insurer after regular business hours was not immediately answered.
Lawyers for West allege that the entertainer and his company Very Good Touring Inc. have not been paid — and the insurance giant is intentionally stalling.
“Nor have they provided anything approaching a coherent explanation about why they have not paid, or any indication if they will ever pay or even make a coverage decision, implying that Kanye’s use of marijuana may provide them with a basis to deny the claim and retain the hundreds of thousands of dollars in insurance premiums paid by Very Good,” according to the complaint.
The stalling is emblematic of a broader modus operandi of the insurers of never-ending post-claim underwriting where the insurers hunt for some contrived excuse not to pay,” the suit alleges.
West originally planned to perform 38 dates between last Aug. 12 and Nov. 2, and took out insurance in case cancellations were needed, the lawsuit states.