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Kanye West insurers 'won't pay out over cancelled tour claiming marijuana use sparked medical condition'

Mirror logo Mirror 02/08/2017 Steve Robson

Credits: FameFlynet © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: FameFlynet Insurers won't pay out over Kanye West's cancelled tour because they claim the rapper's use of marijuana sparked his medical problems, it has been claimed.

Kanye West's touring company is suing Lloyd's of London for 10 million dollars over the 21 cancelled dates.

Very Good Touring said in a legal document filed on Tuesday that the London-based insurers have yet to pay up and are "implying that Kanye's use of marijuana may provide them with the basis to deny the claim."

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West, 40, was forced to cancel the remaining 21 dates of his tour and was treated at a psychiatric centre in Los Angeles in November last year after falling ill.

The artist spent "hundreds of thousands of dollars" on insurance with Lloyd's to cover the costs of a cancellation but is yet to receive a payment, according to the document lodged in a Californian federal court.

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"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 the basis to deny the claim," lawyer Howard King wrote.

Mr King, representing West's firm, dismissed the allegation that cannabis use led to his "serious, debilitating medical condition" as an "unsupportable contention".

The document details that West was playing in Sacramento, California, on November 19 when his "strained, confused and erratic" behaviour caused him to stop the show.

He then spent eight days in a neuropsychiatric centre at UCLA during which it was decided he could not go on with the tour, it adds.

West's behaviour at the time also included him making controversial statements about Jay-Z and Beyonce and pledging his support to Donald Trump, who was then running for US president.

Credits: Splash News © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Splash News Mr King also accused Lloyd's of "maliciously" sharing confidential information with news outlets about West to intimidate him from taking legal action.

The lawyer also took aim at Lloyd's business model, claiming it accepts "bounteous" premiums and then runs "unending" investigations to avoid making pay-out decisions.

"The artists think they're buying peace of mind. The insurers know they're just selling a ticket to the courthouse," he wrote.

Very Good Touring is suing for more than 9,861,000 dollars (£7,464,000) in damages and is demanding interest be paid over the alleged breach of contract.

A spokeswoman for Lloyd's of London declined to discuss the Kanye West legal action, saying: "We're not able to comment on matters in litigation."

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