Last month, In Touch exclusively revealed that Kanye West’s touring company is suing his insurance company, Lloyd’s of London, in relation to the cancellation of his Saint Pablo tour, which was canceled in late 2016 in the wake of the rapper’s reportedly psychosis-induced mental breakdown. According to court documents obtained exclusively by In Touch, Kanye's lawyer Howard King has filed a statement of consent to proceed before a United States Magistrate Judge in order to move forward in the legal battle.
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As In Touch previously reported, Kanye is seeking $100 million in losses from the canceled tour but the insurer refuses to pay up because they claim that they do not insure losses that are "directly or indirectly by the possession or use of illegal drugs, the impact of prescription drugs not used as prescribed, or the use of alcohol."
“Defendants have, however, suggested that they may deny coverage of the claim on the supportable contention that use of marijuana by Kanye caused the medical condition,” the lawsuit filed against the insurance company claims. “Defendants have also suggested they would be amenable to compromising the claim, something Very Good [Kanye’s touring company] refuses to do.”
In the past, Kanye has been candid about his weed habit — making references to smoking in countless songs, and most infamously, admitting to smoking before the 2015 Video Music Awards, where he announced his 2020 presidential candidacy. According to the documents, Kanye’s team not only submitted an independent medical exam that purportedly proved that he was in no condition to resume his tour, but they also had his wife, Kim Kardashian, testify under oath about her husband’s wellbeing during his November 2016 hospitalization.
Now, a source tells In Touch that Kim and Kanye are worried footage captured by Kanye’s team in the days leading up to the cancelation could be used against him in the lawsuit. A source tells In Touch, “More than 20 hours of video was taken of Kanye during the four days leading up to his hospitalization, and you see the deterioration of his condition and his mental breakdown.”
In the past, Kim and Kanye have been candid about the “New Slaves” rapper’s dedication to filming everything around him for a possible documentary in the future. The decision to have the cameras follow him around is how he was able to “secretly” record his conversation with Taylor Swift about his “Famous” lyrics about her, and how we were able to see his immediate reaction to Kim’s October 2016 robbery. As Kim explained on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, “Whenever Kanye’s recording an album, Kanye has videographers with him 24/7, recording everything.”
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