Kanye West says Lloyd's of London hasn't paid on his insurance coverage  for canceled shows, even though his touring company paid substantial premiums on the policy. (Courtesy photo)

Kanye West says Lloyd's of London hasn't paid on his insurance coverage for canceled shows, even though his touring company paid substantial premiums on the policy. (Courtesy photo)

Kanye West sues insurer for $10 million over canceled tour

Kanye West’s touring company is suing Lloyd’s of London to get its money back for the Saint Pablo tour he infamously canceled.

The rapper says the insurance company has unfairly pointed to his possible use of marijuana has a reason not to pay on his claim.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, West’s business, Very Good Touring, filed papers in California court on Tuesday, seeking nearly $10 million, saying Lloyd’s hasn’t paid on his policy to cover him for not appearing; he filed the claim eight months ago, soon after the tour came to its abrupt conclusion.

West canceled the tour following a weird Nov. 17 concert at SAP Center in San Jose, when he told fans he would have voted for Donald Trump. Two days later, he stopped his show at the new Golden 1 Center in Sacramento after two songs and a 15-minutes rant about Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Beyonce and Jay Z, among many.

He ended up under psychiatric evaluation at UCLA Medical Center.

West’s recent complaint says the insurer did not provide “anything approaching a coherent explanation about why they have not paid … implying that Kanye’s use of marijuana may provide them with a basis to deny the claim and retain the hundreds of thousands of dollars in insurance premiums paid.”

It also said Lloyd’s was hunting for “some contrived excuse not to pay.”


Influential book publisher Judith Jones, the editor responsible for bringing Julia Child to international fame, has died at 93, due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

Although the Knopf editor (for five decades) worked with culinary stars including James Beard, Lidia Bastianich, Claudia Roden, Marcella Hazan and Edna Lewis, she has another huge claim to fame: As a young assistant at Doubleday, she came upon a book by a “kid” that hadn’t yet been published in the United States, and convinced her bosses to pick it up. It was Anne Frank’s diary.


Ripley’s Believe It or Not! on Fisherman’s Wharf is unveiling the gown Marilyn Monroe wore when she sang “Happy Birthday” to John F. Kennedy at his 45th birthday gala in 1962.

In addition to the frock — the Guinness World Records holder for world’s most expensive dress purchased at auction, for $5 million — a program, ticket stub, poster and other items from the bash will be on view.

Monroe famously married baseball legend Joe DiMaggio on Jan. 14, 1954 at San Francisco’s City Hall.


Model Karlie Kloss is 25. … Actress Evangeline Lilly is 38. … Football player Tom Brady is 40. … Actor Isaiah Washington is 54. … Singer-guitarist James Hetfield of Metallica is 54. … Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is 76. … Actor Martin Sheen is 77. … Singer Tony Bennett is 91.

— Staff, wire reports

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