According to Nytimes, the rapper Kanye West filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday accusing several insurance companies of refusing to pay out at least $9.8 million in claims he sought after abruptly canceling the remainder of his 2016 tour.
Very Good Touring, the company handling Mr. West’s “Saint Pablo” tour, said in the suit that the insurance companies had delayed making a decision in attempts to deny the claim, which was filed in November while the musician was being treated for a “debilitating medical condition” at a Los Angeles hospital.
The touring company said the insurers, which are syndicates of the insurance market Lloyd’s of London, suggested without evidence that Mr. West’s marijuana use might have contributed to his medical condition and could invalidate his claims.
“The stalling is emblematic of a broader modus operandi of the insurers of never-ending postclaim underwriting, where the insurers hunt for some contrived excuse not to pay,” lawyers representing Very Good Touring and Mr. West wrote in court documents filed Tuesday in the Federal District Court for the Central District of California.
A spokeswoman for Lloyd’s of London declined to comment, saying the company does not discuss litigation.