Kanye West filed a $10 million lawsuit Tuesday against several variants of insurance agency Lloyd’s of London, according to the Associated Press. The lawsuit reportedly details an extensive medical examination that was performed on the artist.
West’s touring company — Very Good Touring, Inc. — filed a claim with the insurer in November. However, West alleges that Lloyd’s of London is withholding payments after his Saint Pablo tour was canceled over his mental breakdown. They allege that the delay has lasted more than eight months.
The lawsuit was filed at the California Federal Court, claiming a breach of contract. The Saint Pablo tour was scheduled to have 38 tour dates, but West’s managers contacted the insurer ahead of time to arrange a contract just in the case the tour needed to be canceled. The court documents reportedly state that West’s camp hasn’t received “a coherent explanation” for the delayed payments.
“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, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “The stalling is emblematic of a broader modus operandi of the insurers of never-ending post-claim underwriting where the insurers hunt for some contrived excuse not to pay.”
The lawsuit confronted the 15-minute rant West made at a concert in Sacramento, California, where he addressed his thoughts on Jay-Z and Beyoncé, among other public figures. His behavior at this concert is referred to as “strained, confused and erratic” in the documents, along with his decision to cancel the remaining tour dates. West attempted to convince the insurers that his mental breakdown was legitimate.
“While Kanye was still under medical care for his disabling condition, the Defendant syndicates demanded that Kanye submit to an immediate IME,” the court papers continued. “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…