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Kanye West calls for insurers’ countersuit in St Pablo tour dispute to be dismissed

By | Published on Friday 22 September 2017

Kanye West

The dispute between Kanye West and the insurers of his abandoned 2016 ‘St Pablo’ tour continues, with legal reps for the rapper having now responded to a countersuit filed by insurers based at Lloyd’s Of London.

As previously reported, West prematurely ended his US tour last November after particularly erratic behaviour at a couple of his shows. He was subsequently admitted to the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital Center, with one news agency stating at the time that “the decision to hospitalise West was for his own health and safety”.

West sued his insurers last month. He claimed that he ended his 2016 tour early on the advice of doctors, and therefore the insurance policy taken out on the shows should pay up and cover the losses incurred by West and his company Very Good Touring. The rapper’s lawyers accused the insurers of employing delaying tactics and putting unnecessary hurdles in the way, all in a bid to avoid having to honour the insurance policies taken out for the ‘St Pablo’ tour.

Then the insurers countersued, accusing West of not fully co-operating with their investigation into the circumstances around the ‘St Pablo’ cancellation. Legal reps for the insurers also alleged that there were “substantial irregularities in Mr West’s medical history”.

West’s lawyers filed new paperwork with the court this week calling for the countersuit to be dismissed. The new submission states that: “The counterclaim is another manifestation of defendants’ efforts to complicate Very Good’s effort to collect on the subject policies, and to proliferate needless pleadings. The counterclaim serves no useful purpose, as it is simply a reworking of the matters raised in the [original] complaint and the defendants’ answer to it”. Therefore, “the counterclaim should be withdraw or stricken”.

We now await the insurers’ response to West’s response to their response to West’s litigation. Fun times.