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Rolling Stones settle insurance claim dispute

By | Published on Monday 17 November 2014

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones have settled a dispute over an insurance claim made by the band after they cancelled a number of Australian shows earlier this year in the wake of the death of Mick Jagger’s partner L’Wren Scott.

As previously reported, the Stones claimed on their insurance policy under a clause covering cancellations caused by the death of a family member, a clause in which Scott was specifically named. However, underwriters refused to pay out on the multi-million dollar claim, arguing that Scott may have been suffering from a pre-existing but undeclared mental illness that led to her taking her own life.

The insurance company launched an investigation to obtain more information relating to this allegation, and in related court papers revealed that Jagger had been diagnosed with acute traumatic stress disorder in the wake of his partner’s death and was told by doctors that he should not perform for at least 30 days.

In a statement to the Telegraph last week, a spokesperson for the band said: “We are deeply upset that confidential medical and other private information about members of the band and their immediate family and loved ones has entered the public domain as a result of a court filing initiated by insurers four weeks ago. This was done without the knowledge of the band or reference to their legal representatives”.

They added: “This has only been discovered and reported in the press in the last week, by which time we are pleased to say the insurers and the Rolling Stones had, in fact, settled the insurance claim. No further comment will be made about this matter”.