Despite his usual taste for the theatrics, Kanye West has largely flown under the radar in recent months. Other than wishing his wife a happy Valentine’s day, the Grammy-award winning rapper/producer has mostly stayed away from social media, and more importantly, hasn’t made many tabloid headlines for any acts of bizarre behavior.
However, the 40-year-old father has returned to the centerfold, this time, for rectifying an issue stemming from an incident during last year’s Saint Pablo Tour, where the rapper abruptly canceled the event mid-song. According to recent reports, Kanye West has finally resolved a lawsuit against an insurance company that had refused to reimburse him for last year’s canceled tour, due to alleged cannabis use.
The Cannabis Case
According to TMZ, West has reached an out-of-court settlement with the insurance company, Lloyd’s of London, after the company initially refused to reimburse the rapper for his short-lived tour after he canceled several shows citing a mental breakdown. The London-based insurance market contended that West’s cannabis-use was behind his unstable mental condition, and therefore would not be responsible for a payout.
West’s company, Very Good Touring, sued Llyod’s to the tune of $9.9 million dollars, after the company’s head-scratching drug accusations and ensuing payout refusal. The company had allegedly spent “hundreds and thousands of dollars” on the insurance policy and had not received a penny following abrupt cancellations.
Lloyd’s of London eventually counter-sued, citing a clause in their policy that would nullify any agreement if drinking or drugs were behind the issue.
Unsurprisingly, however, there was no actual medical evidence supporting that marijuana is what triggered West’s breakdown, and West lawyer vehemently dismissed the idea that cannabis was the root of the hip-hop artist’s “serious, debilitating medical condition.”
The insurance agency eventually folded and paid West most of what he was due in his insurance policy.
A Los Angeles judge has now dismissed the case following the two sides ultimately agreeing to settle out of court.
Final Hit: Kanye West Resolves Weed Use Lawsuit Against Insurance Company
Despite Lloyd’s best efforts to best West, there’s not much evidence that suggests that cannabis could be responsible for any of West’s mental woes.
If anything, weed has proven to be a lifeline for those with a variety of mental illnesses, including anxiety, depression, PTSD and insomnia.
As for, Lloyd’s of London, this isn’t the first time that they have been under scrutiny for shady business practices. A similar issue occurred following the death of legendary actor Heath Ledger after the insurance company refused to pay the late performer’s daughter, citing Ledger’s alleged drug use as a similar cop-out. However, much like West’s case Lloyd’s eventually agreed to the payout.