Kanye West’s Saint Pablo tour ended in troubling fashion. The tour, which was divided into two parts, had its final show in Sacramento, where Kanye ended the performance short after confounding comments regarding Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and Hillary Clinton. Following the incident, the tour was canceled while Kanye underwent hospitalization, reportedly due to exhaustion and other mental illness.
Fortunately his Very Good Touring company had insured the tour through Lloyd’s of London, which specializes in insuring unusual risks. As tours are costly enterprises, many high-profile artists will insure their performances through Lloyd’s should they be canceled.
But now Kanye and his company have filed a $10 million lawsuit against Lloyd’s, stating that the insurers have stalled in paying out claims. Two days following Kanye’s hospitalization his company filed a claim, yet they have not been paid eight months later.
“Nor have they provided anything approaching a coherent explanation about why they have not paid, or any indication if they will ever pay or even make a coverage decision, 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 states.
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According to reports, Kanye’s mental illness causing the tour’s cancellation should be covered under their agreement with Lloyd’s. His breakdown was predicated by the wake from his wife Kim Kardashian’s Paris robbery. Following the incident, Kanye had altered his prescriptions in some way. It is unclear whether he went off his prescriptions or began taking more.
But Lloyd’s, as the lawsuit alleges, is blaming cannabis usage as the culprit in Kanye’s mental breakdown. The insurance company is suggesting “that they may deny coverage of the claim on the unsupportable contention that use of marijuana by Kanye caused the medical condition” which eventually led to tour’s cancellation.
The lawsuit also alleges that the company planted stories in the media that involved Kanye’s “personal and private information” to deter Very Good from filing its rightful claims.
Only 1 in 20,000 marijuana users are at risk of experiencing psychosis from consuming cannabis, as a recent UK report revealed. That figure is substantially lower than once presumed to be.
According to the lawsuit, Kanye submitted to medical examination and multiple investigative demands from Lloyd’s.