Kanye West settles lawsuit against cancelled Saint Pablo Tour insurers
Rapper filed $10 million suit last August against Lloyd's of London, with the insurer countersuing, saying Kanye's drug use excluded him from receiving the claims.
After filing a hefty lawsuit against insurance company Lloyd's of London over the cancellation of his Saint Pablo tour, Kanye West has reportedly reached a settlement. According to a report by Rolling Stone, Howard King, the attorney representing West's touring company in the suit, confirmed in a statement that "the dispute has been amicably resolved.”
West and his touring company, Very Good Touring, filed a $10 million lawsuit against famous insurers Lloyd's of London last August after the company allegedly failed to pay out insurance claims, following the cancellation of Kanye’s Saint Pablo tour in 2016. The claim was filed just two days after West canceled the tour and checked into a psychiatric center at UCLA due to "sleeplessness and exhaustion" triggered due to the singer's alleged drug use.
The lawsuit alleged that West's insurers and their agents "purposely and maliciously" disseminated "privileged, private and personal information" about West to the media in an effort to undercut his claim. Although the terms of the settlement have not been disclosed, TMZ claims that West received most of what was due under the policy.
According to the lawsuit, West's doctor who oversaw his care at UCLA confirmed in sworn testimony that West "suffered a debilitating medical condition, requiring that Kanye not continue with the tour.” But the lawsuit also went on to claim that the insurer hired legal counsel to oversee the adjustment of the claim and that Lloyd's "hand-selected" another doctor to conduct an independent medical examination after West's release from UCLA and that that Lloyd's of London used tactics including requesting further examinations under oath as a way of stalling a potential payout.
Lloyd's of London countersued the Grammy-winning rapper, disputing his claim. In the insurer's filing, Lloyd's stated that the company discovered "substantial irregularities in Mr. West's medical history." While Lloyd's did not give specifics "in order to protect the privacy of Mr. West from public disclosure of details of his private life," Lloyd's implied that the rapper may have violated various insurance policy exclusions regarding pre-existing conditions and the use of alcohol and drugs.
The company also alleged West's team was hindering the company's investigation by refusing to "provide information both relevant and necessary for underwriters to complete their investigation of the claim."
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