Lloyd’s of London has responded to Kanye West’s $10 million lawsuit against them with a countersuit of their own, alleging that drugs and alcohol led to the dissolution of the rapper’s tour.
According to TMZ, West’s Very Good Touring (VGT) sued Lloyd’s, the tour’s insurer, for $10 million for failing to compensate West after he canceled the Saint Pablo Tour last year. A source told the tabloid that West ended the tour in November due to exhaustion caused by being away from family and wife Kim Kardashian’s Paris robbery ordeal.
Lloyd’s has fired back, however, accusing the Kanye Camp of hiding substance abuse issues which would void his insurance policy. The tour insurer didn’t go into detail but cited clauses pertaining to illegal drugs and prescription drug and alcohol abuse.
“Throughout Underwriters’ investigation, VGT and its legal, medical, and other agents and representatives have delayed, hindered, stalled and or refused to provide information both relevant and necessary for Underwriters to complete their investigation of the claim,” the London-based company wrote in court papers obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
In the original claim, West insisted that he checked himself into the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital Center and submitted himself to interrogation to prove that his mental breakdown was real and unexpected.
TMZ previously reported that West also accused Lloyd’s of delaying payout because they believed his mental health issues were caused by marijuana.
“Immediately turning to legal counsel made it clear that [the] Defendants’ goal was to hunt for any ostensible excuse, no matter how fanciful, to deny coverage or to maneuver themselves into a position of trying to negotiate a discount on the loss payment,” West’s lawyers wrote in the original complaint.
Lloyd’s is also asking a judge to absolve them of paying the $10 million sought by West.
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