Kanye West settles cancelled-tour suit

The rapper was suing his insurer Lloyd’s of London for allegedly not fulfilling its loss claim after he cancelled 2016 tour dates

Kanye West has settled his lawsuit against a British insurance firm after alleging it failed to fulfil its loss claim on a cancelled tour. In 2016, the rapper pulled the remainder of his tour dates in support of his album The Life of Pablo following a spate of shows peppered with political rants and abrupt stage departures.

West then checked into a psychiatric centre at UCLA. Two days later, his touring company, Very Good Touring Inc, filed the $10m (£7.1m) lawsuit against insurance market Lloyd’s of London, alleging that it had not fulfilled its loss claim for the tour.

Howard King, the attorney for West’s touring company, told Rolling Stone “the dispute has been amicably resolved”. The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.

West’s suit originally claimed that Lloyd’s had neither paid the claim nor rejected it, Rolling Stone reports, and alleged that the rapper’s insurers and their agents “purposely and maliciously” disseminated “privileged, private and personal information” about West to the media in order to undermine his claim.

Doctors from UCLA and physicians provided by Lloyd’s both concluded that West’s medical condition require he not continue with the tour. However, West’s suit claimed Lloyd’s had used tactics including a need for further examinations under oath in order to stall any potential payout.

Lloyd’s countersued West and disputed his claim, implying he might have violated various insurance policy exclusions related to pre-existing conditions and the use of drugs and alcohol.

West and his wife, Kim Kardashian West, recently welcomed their third child, a girl named Chicago, born via surrogate. After a long absence from the social media site, West returned to Instagram to post images of famous pop culture couples, ostensibly as a Valentine’s Day tribute to Kardashian West.


Laura Snapes

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