Kanye West sues in­surer for $10 mil­lion over can­celed tour

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Kanye West filed a law­suit Tues­day against Lloyd's for $10 mil­lion, al­leg­ing the in­surer is re­fus­ing to pay claims stem­ming from the can­cel­la­tion of his tour fol­low­ing a re­ported men­tal break­down. The 40-year-old rap su­per­star filed a claim with Lloyd's shortly af­ter cut­ting short the sec­ond leg of his "Saint Pablo Tour" in Novem­ber and check­ing him­self into a Los An­ge­les clinic, ac­cord­ing to the suit, lodged in Los An­ge­les fed­eral court.

West says he and his com­pany Very Good Tour­ing Inc. still haven't been paid and that the in­sur­ance gi­ant is in­ten­tion­ally stalling. "Nor have they pro­vided any­thing ap­proach­ing a co­her­ent ex­pla­na­tion about why they have not paid... 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," the com­plaint reads. The "Saint Pablo Tour" was set to run through De­cem­ber 31 be­fore the last 21 shows were shelved, but West had taken out in­sur­ance in case can­cel­la­tions were needed, the law­suit states.

"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 stunned an au­di­ence in Cal­i­for­nia in Novem­ber last year with a lengthy speech in which he said he did not vote but would have backed then Pres­i­den­t­elect Don­ald Trump as he ap­pre­ci­ated the busi­ness­man's out­spo­ken­ness.

West was soon hos­pi­tal­ized af­ter a se­ries of er­ratic com­ments on stage, in­clud­ing al­leg­ing that his some­time col­lab­o­ra­tor Jay Z was send­ing hit­men to kill him and lash­ing out at Face­book founder Mark Zucker­berg for not pay­ing the rap­per's $53 mil­lion in debts.

The celebrity news web­site TMZ said West's doc­tor feared he had suf­fered a men­tal break­down. The rap­per ended up meet­ing Trump in De­cem­ber, mark­ing the artist's first ap­pear­ance since his break­down, with his celebrity wife Kim Kar­dashian ab­sent. West, a rare artist and even rarer African Amer­i­can celebrity to voice sup­port for Trump, said he went to dis­cuss is­sues of con­cern to mi­nori­ties with the pop­ulist leader.

— AP

File photo shows Kanye West speaks at the MTV Video Mu­sic Awards in New York.

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