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Kanye West Suing Insurance Company For $10M Over Concerts Canceled After Breakdown

Kanye West at the 2015 MTV VMAs. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Lawyers for Kanye West filed a nearly $10 million lawsuit on Tuesday against Lloyd’s of London, an insurance market, for what the artist claims is money owed to him for a series of concerts that were canceled after West's now-infamous breakdown, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

According to West, he'd tendered a loss claim two days after he'd canceled the tour and checked into UCLA Medical Center in November, but he still hasn't received the payment from Lloyd's eight months later. The suit added that Very Good Touring, Inc., which is owned by West, had paid "hundreds of thousands of dollars in insurance premiums."

West also alleges that Lloyd's has been attempting to build a case against making a payment, subjected him and acquaintances to interrogations in the process. "While Kanye was still under medical care for his disabling condition, the Defendant syndicates demanded that Kanye submit to an immediate [independent medical examination]," states court papers, according to THR. "Kanye was made available for a purported IME by a doctor, hand-selected by the insurers’ counsel, who was predisposed to look for some reason to deny the claim. Yet even Defendants’ selected doctor had to admit that Kanye was disabled from being able to continue with the Tour." The suit goes on to say that West, as well as 11 other acquaintances, were also required by insurers to go through an "examination under oath."

West's lawyers claim that Lloyd's has not given them a clear reason for the withholding of payment. Though, apparently, the insurers have "[implied] that Kanye’s use of marijuana may provide them with a basis to deny the claim," states the filed complaint. The suit goes even further, alleging that the insurers have leaked confidential information to news outlets, a move that is "part and parcel of Defendants’ efforts to impair Plaintiff’s rights to the indemnity payments."

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Those canceled concerts, as you may recall, came after a series of bizarre incidents on West's "Saint Pablo" tour of 2016. During a November 17 show in San Jose, West drew boos from the crowd when he said that he would have voted for Trump in the presidential election (if he'd voted), and urged his black fans to "stop focusing on racism." Then, during a November 19 show in Sacramento, West walked off stage after only 30 minutes into his performance. Before his exit, he'd delivered a 30-minute rant that lambasted everything and everyone, from Beyonce to MTV to Google to Hillary Clinton. Touching on the topic of Jay-Z, he said, "It’s a new world, Jay Z. Hey, don’t send killers at my head, bro. This ain’t the Malcolm X movie." Fader put up a full transcript of the rant here.

A couple days later West would axe the Saint Pablo Tour and check into UCLA Medical Center for what People Magazine described as "exhaustion and sleep deprivation." The new lawsuit referred to West's state at that time as being a "serious, debilitating medical condition," according to The Wrap.

Howard King, West's lawyer, issued a statement Tuesday that said, "Lloyd's companies enjoy collecting bounteous premiums; they don't enjoy paying claims, no matter how legitimate. Their business model thrives on conducting unending 'investigations,' of bona fide coverage requests, stalling interminably, running up their insured's costs, and avoiding coverage decisions based on flimsy excuses."