Charles Sykes

Kanye West sues insurers for $10 million over abruptly cancelled tour dates

The star filed a claim shortly after cutting short his tour and checking himself into a clinic.

KANYE WEST HAS filed a lawsuit against Lloyd’s for $10 million, alleging the insurer is refusing to pay claims stemming from the cancellation of his tour after he was hospitalised last November.

The 40-year-old rap star 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 the 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 until 31 December 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 President-elect Donald Trump as he appreciated the businessman’s outspokenness.

West was soon hospitalised after a series of erratic comments on stage. A source close to West’s family told CNN he was being treated for exhaustion.

The rapper later ended up meeting Trump in New York, saying he went to discuss issues of concern to minorities.

- © AFP, 2017 with reporting by Daragh Brophy 

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