Kanye West files $10 m lawsuit over tour that was canceled due to his mental breakdown
Rapper and father of 2, Kanye West is suing various syndicates of insurer Lloyd’s of London, for not paying him claims emanating from a canceled tour, when he reportedly sufered a mental breakdown. A loss claim was tendered just two days after West checked himself into a psychiatric center, but he and his company – Very Good Touring, Inc. – still have not been paid, over eight months later, according to the suit.
“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,” states a complaint filed on Tuesday in California federal court.
“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.”
West originally planned a “Saint Pablo Tour” consisting of 38 events between Aug. 12 and Nov. 2. His managers reached out to Lloyd’s to get “peace of mind” in case cancelations needed to occur.
West made most of the concert dates but was forced to cancel two concerts when his wife, Kim Kardashian, was robbed at gunpoint in Paris, France on Oct. 2, 2016.
Thanks to the success of the tour, though, additional dates were arranged. The second performance during this leg of the tour is where everything started to fall apart.
In San Jose, West told the crowd, “I said something that was politically incorrect. I told you I didn’t vote, but if I were to have voted, I would have voted for Trump.”