West's tour company, Very Good Touring Inc.,
filed the lawsuit claiming breach of contract in federal court
in Los Angeles on Tuesday, saying that syndicates of Lloyd's of
London insurance market had delayed paying the rapper's claim
for his canceled shows.
The lawsuit said the Lloyd's syndicates had suggested "they may
deny coverage of the claim on the unsupportable contention that
use of marijuana by Kanye caused the medical condition."
West, 40, abruptly canceled his Saint Pablo tour in November
2016 with more than 20 shows left. He was hospitalized following
a week of no-shows, curtailed concerts and political rants.
The lawsuit, which seeks a jury trial, says West has submitted
evidence to prove his medical condition did not allow him to
continue the tour.
It said his behavior at his Nov. 19 concert in Sacramento,
California, was "strained, confused and erratic." The next day,
the rest of his tour was canceled and on Nov. 21, West was
admitted to a Los Angeles psychiatric facility with what the
lawsuit called a "serious, debilitating medical condition."
He was released on Nov. 29, and is still being treated, the
lawsuit said. Details of his ailment have never been released.
Lloyd's is an insurance market housing more than 80 syndicates
in London. Spokesman Stewart Todd said in a statement the
company could not comment on the specifics of the West case.
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Bill Trott)
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