Rolling Stones settle $12.7m insurance claim over postponed tour, after investigation into L'Wren Scott's mental health

The band has said they are 'deeply upset' over public disclosure of the dispute

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The Rolling Stones have settled their multi-million pound insurance over a series of cancelled shows following the death of Mick Jagger’s girlfriend L'Wren Scott - but the band has said they are “deeply upset” that private details about the dispute have been made public.

The Rolling Stones made a $12.7 million (£8 million) claim for the postponement of their Australia and New Zealand tour, after Scott took her own life on 17 March 2014 in her New York apartment, aged 49.

They are said to have taken out a £15 million insurance policy in case of any shows being cancelled due to the death of family members.

Court documents filed in the US over legal action stemming from the claim suggested Jagger suffered “acute traumatic stress disorder” following Miss Scott’s death, with whom he had been in a relationship with for 13 years.

However, insurance underwriters contested their liability to meet the costs incurred following the cancellation on the basis that the designer might have been suffering from pre-existing mental health issues that might not have been covered in the policy. 

But today representatives for the group said both sides had “settled the insurance claim”.


There were concerns among the Stones' team about private information about the group and their families being brought into the public eye without their knowledge.

A spokesman for Jagger 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 US court filing initiated by insurers four weeks ago.

“This was done without the knowledge of the band or reference to their legal representatives.

“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.”

In a statement shortly after Miss Scott’s death, Jagger wrote: “I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way.

“We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves. She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me.”