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Kanye West Files $10M Lawsuit Over Tour Canceled Due to His Mental Breakdown


From an infamous concert in San Jose on Nov. 17 to a visit to Trump Tower a few weeks later, Kanye West had observers buzzing about his behavior last year. Even though he was hospitalized at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital Center around Thanksgiving, few knew the full extent of what West endured in the aftermath of a psychological breakdown.

Now The Hollywood Reporter has obtained an explosive new $10 million lawsuit that details an extensive medical examination of the music star.

West is suing various syndicates of insurer Lloyd’s of London, alleging they are stalling on paying out claims emanating from a canceled tour. A loss claim was tendered just two days after West checked himself into a psychiatric center, but he and his company — Very Good Touring, Inc. — still have not been paid more than eight months later, according to the suit.

“Nor have they provided anything approaching a coherent explanation about why they have not paid, or any indication if they will ever pay or even make a coverage decision, 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 by Very Good,” states a complaint filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. “The stalling is emblematic of a broader modus operandi of the insurers of never-ending post-claim underwriting where the insurers hunt for some contrived excuse not to pay.”

West originally planned a Saint Pablo Tour consisting of 38 events between Aug. 12 and Nov. 2. His managers reached out to Lloyd’s to get “peace of mind” in case cancellations needed to occur. The star made most of the dates but was forced to cancel two concerts when his wife, Kim Kardashian, was robbed at gunpoint in Paris on Oct. 2. (Indeed, he famously walked offstage when he learned of the incident.)

Thanks to the success of the tour, though, additional dates were arranged. The second performance during this leg of the tour is where everything started to fall apart.

In San Jose, West told the crowd, “I said something that was politically incorrect. I told you I didn’t vote, but if I were to have voted, I would have voted for Trump.”

He was booed.

Two days later, West appeared for a concert in Sacramento and launched a 15-minute tirade about various public figures, including Beyoncé (“I was hurt ‘cause I heard that you said you wouldn’t perform unless you won Video of the Year over me”), JAY-Z (“I know you got killers. Please don’t send them at my head”) and Hillary Clinton (“This Saint Pablo tour is the most relevant [thing] happening. If your old ass keeps following old models, you’ll be Hillary Clinton”).

West’s lawsuit addresses this latter concert and notes the “strained, confused and erratic” behavior in Sacramento, as well as the decision made the following day to cancel the balance of the tour and issue full refunds. He was soon hospitalized at UCLA, and the insurance companies were informed and later provided with sworn testimony from his primary physician there that West suffered a debilitating medical condition that required he not tour.

But that wasn’t good enough for the insurance companies, according to the suit.

“Almost immediately after the claim was submitted, Defendants selected legal counsel to oversee the adjustment of the claim, instead of the more normal approach of retaining a non-lawyer insurance adjuster,” states West’s complaint. “Immediately turning to legal counsel made it clear that Defendants’ goal was to hunt for any ostensible excuse, no matter how fanciful, to deny coverage or to maneuver themselves into a position of trying to negotiate a discount on the loss payment.”

West’s court papers reveal the extent to which he has been attempting to convince the insurers that his mental breakdown was indeed real.

“While Kanye was still under medical care for his disabling condition, the Defendant syndicates demanded that Kanye submit to an immediate IME,” states court papers, referring to an independent medical examination. “Kanye was made available for a purported IME by a doctor, hand-selected by the insurers’ counsel, who was predisposed to look for some reason to deny the claim. Yet even Defendants’ selected doctor had to admit that Kanye was disabled from being able to continue with the Tour. As demanded by the insurers, Kanye was also subsequently presented for an examination under oath (“EUO”), and at least eleven other persons affiliated with Kanye and Very Good were similarly presented for EUOs.”

West still can’t get answers about why the insurance companies won’t pay up, but according to court papers, the insurers demanded to interview others outside of West’s control to make a determination. The defendants are also said to be raising “irrelevant facts” bearing on the issue of coverage. While those facts aren’t discussed in the lawsuit, some aggressive tabloids have been pushing for information about the canceled tour and its aftermath, raising everything from drug use to song lyrics as fodder.

The new lawsuit accuses the insurers of leaking private information regarding the singer to news outlets.

“Plaintiff is informed and believes that the ‘planting’ of the Confidential Information with news outlets… was part and parcel of Defendants’ efforts to impair Plaintiff’s rights to the indemnity payments due under the Insurance Policies,” states the complaint, which nods to a non-disclosure agreement between the parties.

And so West has filed a lawsuit alleging breach of contract and breach of good faith and fair dealing against the various entities including Cathedral Syndicate.

As West’s lawyer Howard King writes, “Performing artists who pay handsomely to insurance companies within the Lloyd’s of London marketplace to obtain show tour ‘non-appearance or cancellation’ insurance should take note of the lesson to be learned from this lawsuit: Lloyd’s companies enjoy collecting bonteous premiums; they don’t enjoy paying claims, no matter how legitimate. Their business model thrives on conducting unending ‘investigations,’ of bona fide coverage requests, stalling interminably, running up their insured’s costs, and avoiding coverage decisions based on flimsy excuses. The artists think they they’re buying peace of mind. The insurers know they’re just selling a ticket to the courthouse.”

This article was originally published by: Billboard 

Miley Cyrus Reveals the Marriage Lessons She’s Learned From Her Parents: ‘Grow, Evolve, Change’


Miley Cyrus is surrounded by love… and tremendous talent.

The “Malibu” singer stuns on the cover of Cosmopolitan‘s September issue, rocking a strapless denim one-piece and bouncy curls. In her accompanying interview with the magazine, she gets candid on fashion regrets, what it’s like having Dolly Parton as a godmother and the lessons she’s learned about marriage from her parents, Tish and Billy Ray.

Ever since Cyrus got back together with her fiancé, Liam Hemsworth, the two haven’t been able to stop packing on the PDA and gushing over one another. The 24-year-old singer says she learned a lot about love by simply watching her parents.

“Nothing and no one stays the same,” she says. “Grow, evolve, change with each other and celebrate your love’s journey!”

Parton is another person Cyrus has always looked up to growing up, especially when it comes to style. The blond beauty says “having access to her closet” is the best part about having her as her godmother.

But all jokes aside, she loves “watching the way [Dolly] treats people with love and respect.”

“Always a reminder to me and my family of what is important,” she adds. “Never let success change your heart.”

Cyrus also talked to Cosmopolitan about her favorite and least favorite looks she’s ever worn on a red carpet.

Her best? “2015 VMAs! Versace!”

As for her worst, she says “pretty much [anything from] 2008-2013.”

“The Grammys were rough and tough for me,” she adds. “Yikes!”

This article was originally published by: ET

Louis Tomlinson Confirms He & Zayn Malik Are “Mates” Again After 1D Drama: We “Cleared The Air”


After not talking for more than a year, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson have buried the hatchet! Louis’ mom’s dying request was for him to reunite with his former bandmate, and now, her wish has come true.

Louis Tomlinson25, and the rest of One Direction didn’t take too kindly to Zayn Malik, 24, leaving the band in March 2015. After his exit, Zayn distanced himself from the other guys, and even months later, he admitted he didn’t talk to any of them, except Liam Payne, occasionally. Now, though, he can go back to counting Louis as one of his friends…and it’s all thanks to his mom, Johannah Deakin, who passed away in December. Louis previously revealed that before Johannah died, she asked him to make things right with Zayn, and now, he’s confirmed that he went ahead and fulfilled her dying request.

“We got back in touch with each other and kind of cleared the air and talked everything through,” the “Back To You” singer said on Andy Cohen Live. “So we’re mates again, I suppose. Like anything like that, it takes time. But it was nice that we had an opportunity to clear the air and be adults about it.” Johannah tragically died at the age of 43 after suffering from leukemia, but she made sure to leave her oldest son with great advice and even greater strength. Before her passing, Johannah also insisted that Louis not cancel his solo debut performance on The X-Factor, and even though it went down just three days after her death, he bravely took the stage with Steve Aoki and put on an incredible show.

It doesn’t seem like Louis and Zayn talk all the time now that they’ve cleared the air, but it’s good to know they’re on good terms once again! After all, they were always very close during the 1D days, and Louis previously admitted they got along so well because they could always “break the rules” together. They’re BACK, you guys!

This article was originally published by: Hollywood Life 

Coldplay Performs Linkin Park Tribute at North American Tour Kickoff


On the first date of their 2017 North American tour, Coldplay paid tribute to Linkin Park, which lost its frontman Chester Bennington last month.

Near the end of the performance at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Tuesday night (Aug. 1), Coldplay leader Chris Martin performed a solo cover of Linkin Park smash “Crawling” on piano.

He dedicated the performance to “anyone who’s missing someone,” and restarted the song after flubbing the opening, noting that he wanted to get it right since it would likely end up on YouTube.

Bennington passed away at the age of 41 on July 20. Linkin Park and Blink-182were scheduled to perform in the New York area days prior to the Coldplay show, but the co-headlining tour was cancelled following Bennington’s death.

Coldplay’s debut album, Parachutes, was released five months before Linkin Park’s first full-length Hybrid Theory in 2000. Both groups have since sold millions of albums each in the United States.

See fan-shot footage of “Crawling” below.

This article was originally published by: Billboard 

Rihanna is giving girls in Malawi scholarships and bikes to help them get to school


The star is continuing her mission to help young girls receive the education they deserve

Rihanna has launched a new initiative to help girls in Malawi get the education they deserve.

The star launched her Clara Lionel Foundation, which is named after her grandparents, in 2012 and has used it since to help children around the world. CLF is a nonprofit organisation that funds education and health programs for impoverished communities across the globe.

Her latest programme sees bike-sharing company ofo partner with CLF to help fund its Global Scholarship Program. Bikes will be donated to scholarship recipients in Malawi to help them get to school safely.

In a press release, Rihanna said: “I’m so happy about the Clara Lionel Foundation’s new partnership with ofo because it will help so many young people around the world receive a quality education, and also help the young girls of Malawi get to school safely, cutting down those very long walks they make to and from school all alone.”

ofo founder and CEO Dai Wei added: “We are delighted to work with Rihanna and the Clara Lionel Foundation on this innovative initiative as we are keen to help improve education accessibility for students living in poverty. We believe in unlocking every corner in the world with equal access to education as well as with our bike-sharing scheme.”

Rihanna visited the African country at the start of this year to help identify ways teachers, students and the government could help to create a better educational future for the country’s people. At present, only eight percent of students in Malawi complete secondary school.

ofo’s partnership with CLF will also provide scholarships to students in China, Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Grenade, Guyana and Jamaica who are accepted to an accredited four-year institution in the US.

Recently (July 26), Rihanna met with the French President Emmanuel Macron and First Lady Brigitte Macron to talk about global education.

In June, the star took to Twitter to rally the world’s leaders including Canadian President Justin Trudeau and Argentinian President Mauricio Macri.

The singer was snapped with the French President and First Lady, later telling reporters that the meeting was “incredible,” adding that the couple were “incredibly welcoming.”

She later tweeted, “Thank you Mr. President @EmmanuelMacron and Madame First Lady for the incredible meeting and passion for global and girls education!”

This article was originally published by: NME


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