Kanye West Canceled His Tour. Now He's Suing

The rapper is seeking $10M from insurers
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2017 12:44 PM CDT

(Newser) – Last November, Kanye West canceled the remainder of his Saint Pablo Tour following odd statements about Beyonce and President Trump and a hospitalization for a "psychological breakdown," per Rolling Stone. On Tuesday, West's Very Good Touring company sued various syndicates of Lloyd's of London for $10 million, claiming the insurers are dragging their feet on paying out a "multi-million dollar claim" taken out in the event West may have to cancel shows, reports People. West filed a loss claim with the insurers two days after his hospitalization, but the lawsuit states that since then, the insurers haven't provided "anything approaching a coherent explanation" for why they haven't paid the claim—or, in fact, offered any guarantees they ever will, the Hollywood Reporter reports.

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West's personal doctor offered a sworn statement to the insurers that West suffered a "debilitating medical condition" that prevented him from touring, and the lawsuit claims that diagnosis was backed up by another doctor handpicked by the insurers. Regardless of the doctors' statements, insurers are hunting "for some contrived excuse not to pay" West, including his marijuana use, according to the lawsuit, which also alleges the insurers leaked "privileged, private, and personal information" about West to the media. The lawsuit alleges breach of contract and breach of good faith and fair dealing. "Lloyd's companies enjoy collecting bounteous premiums; they don't enjoy paying claims, no matter how legitimate," the suit notes. (Read more Kanye West stories.)

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