Kanye West is targeting several companies that insured his Saint Pablo tour, claiming they’re stalling on payments for his “multi-million dollar claim” after he canceled his scheduled shows and was hospitalized for exhaustion.
West’s company, Very Good Touring, Inc., is suing syndicates of the insurance company Lloyd’s of London for $10 million, according to court documents obtained by People. The rapper says in the documents that his insurers don’t seem to believe that his mental breakdown in late November was real.
According to the documents, West’s “behavior was strained, confused, and erratic” at his Nov. 19 concert and his condition “showed no sign of improvement” the next day, “prompting the decision by all concerned to cancel the show scheduled at the Los Angeles Forum that evening, and to cancel the entire balance of the Tour.” West says in the papers that he was hospitalized at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital Center for eight days and, after his release, was “under full time care and supervision.” He also says that he “continues to be treated” by his primary physician, who provided sworn testimony stating that the rapper couldn’t tour because of a “debilitating medical condition.”
West says that he and his company paid “hundreds of thousands of dollars in insurance premiums” in case something went wrong with the tour and claims the insurers are looking “for some contrived excuse not to pay.” They also haven’t explained why they haven’t paid or given any indication if they ever will make a payout, the papers say. They’ve also implied that West’s marijuana use might allow them to deny the claim.
The court documents also say that the 40-year-old was forced to undergo an “immediate” medical examination by a doctor hand-selected by the insurance company while he was still under medical care. The doctor, the papers allege, “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 to continue with the Tour.” West also says that he and at least seven other people affiliated with him and his company were examined under oath. The papers also accuse the insurers of leaking private information about West’s health following his breakdown, per The Hollywood Reporter.
West hasn’t publicly revealed an official diagnosis, but People originally reported that he was hospitalized for exhaustion and sleep deprivation.
A source close to West now tells People that the rapper “is very much focused on the present and future and in a very positive space.”