Insurance company claims it doesn’t owe the late singer’s estate because it was misled by Jackson and tour promoter AEG Live
Even in death, Michael Jackson's legal troubles aren't over.
Insurance company Lloyd's of London filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, saying that it doesn't owe the Michael Jackson Estate $17.5 million, because Jackson misrepresented himself, according to court documents obtained by TheWrap.
Lloyd's had insured Jackson's planned "This Is It" tour, which was canceled following Jackson's June 25, 2009 death, for losses.
But the company now says that it shouldn't be compelled to make good on the policy, because Jackson's medical history was misrepresented to them.
Specifically, Lloyd's claims that tour promoters AEG Live lied, telling the company that Jackson hadn't been to a doctor (aside from a cosmetic surgeon) since 2005. The suit also claims that Jackson failed to reveal that he had been taking prescription drugs — including the anesthetic Propofol, of which his body contained fatal amounts.
Llyod's is asking the court do declare the insurance policy void, therefore exonerating the company from the $17.5 million payout.
In a statement provided to TheWrap, Howard Weitzman, attorney for Jackson's estate, called the Lloyd's complaint "nothing more than an insurance company trying to avoid paying a legitimate claim by the insured."