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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Insurance Battle Brewing For Jagger

Mick Jagger and Scott

Rolling Stones frontman, Mick Jagger, was diagnosed with acute traumatic stress disorder in the wake of L’Wren Scott’s death.  When Mick Jagger became depressed after his girlfriend of 13 years hung herself, he was told by a doctor not to perform for one month.  The Stones were subsequently forced to postpone the Australia and New Zealand part of their world tour, however, their insurers refused to pay out, saying their policy did not cover suicide.

In a court filing as part of the fight with the insurers, the band stated, “Upon learning of Miss Scott’s death, Sir Mick Jagger became stricken with grief.  Following examination by his physicians, Sir Mick Jagger was diagnosed as suffering from acute traumatic stress disorder.  His physicians advised him not to perform for at least 30 days.”  The Stones had take out a £15million policy to cover the costs if they were forced to cancel their tour, as they were here.  Yet the underwriters claim that because Miss Scott committed suicide, they do not have to pay out. The insurers argue that Miss Scott’s death was not “sudden and unforeseen” or “beyond her control,” and the Stones do not qualify for a payout. 

Last month, insurers filed a lawsuit in New York’s Federal Court, and subpoenaed Adam Glassman, the executor of Scott’s will, the New York City medical examiner, and Brittany Penebre, her British assistant, in an attempt to gain access to any emails or messages about an actual or alleged attempt at self harm by Miss Scott, in addition to her general mental health.   

See Daniel Bates, Don’t Go On Stage for A Month, Doctors Told Traumatized Jagger: Rolling Stones in £8m Insurance Battle Over Cancelled Shows, Mail Online, Nov. 10, 2014.

Special thanks to Jay Brinker for bringing this article to my attention.  


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