Kanye West Countersued Over Canceled 'Saint Pablo Tour'

Carla Harmon
August 31, 2017

Lloyd's of London insurance company countersued Kanye West, insinuating the rapper's use of marijuana precipitated a widely publicized mental health crisis that resulted in the cancellation of a portion of his winter tour, according to court papers obtained Wednesday.

The US rapper took out legal action against Lloyd's of London after he cancelled a series of United Kingdom tour dates last November.

TMZ reports that insurance company Lloyd's of London has filed a countersuit against the "Famous" rapper, claiming that West's on-tour mental breakdown was his own doing.

The docs also say Yeezy refused to produce information it needs to determine whether to cover his losses.

Lloyd's, meanwhile, wants a judge to rule it shouldn't have to pay West anything for stopping the tour.

According to Radar Online, Lloyd's of London has said, exclusively, that the claim filed by Kanye West has been "neither approved nor denied", but that their policy specifically states that if it is found that the insured doesn't honor his or her commitments to touring due to alcohol and drug abuse, they are not required to pay out on the policy.

A representative for Kanye West was not immediately available for comment.

In Kanye's original lawsuit, he claims Lloyd's was dragging its feet on a claim he filed almost a year ago. implying that his use of marijuana was a "basis to deny the claim". The 40-year-old's touring firm, Very Good Touring, originally launched the legal action earlier this month claiming that the insurers were refusing to pay out on the basis his marijuana use was responsible for his medical condition.

Following his breakdown, Kanye also submitted to an independent medical examination (IME) with a doctor selected by the insurance company, who also deemed him unfit to perform.

West's lawyer Howard King said Lloyd's counter-claim was a generic response issued in "all cases" when they did not wish to deny a legitimate claim. West claims that Lloyd's has leaked information to the media before, in an attempt to hurt him.

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