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Stones battle for gig compo after Jagger partner death

A legal battle is reportedly under way between the Rolling Stones and insurance underwriters over costs incurred after the cancellation of concerts following the death of Mick Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott.

Jagger suffered "acute traumatic stress disorder" after Miss Scott's suicide earlier this year, court documents filed in the fashion designer's home state of Utah claim.

The Stones are said to have taken out a £15m (€19.2m) insurance policy in the event of any shows being cancelled due to the death of family members.

Miss Scott was one of 18 people on Jagger's "named persons extension list", published by the Salt Lake Tribune news site.

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The group postponed their concert tour of Australia and New Zealand after her death and filed an £8m (€10.2m) claim for losses.

The Tribune reported that court documents claim Jagger was advised not to perform for at least 30 days after his 49-year-old girlfriend was found dead in her New York apartment in March.

But it said underwriters have denied the claim on the basis that Miss Scott might have been suffering from a mental illness, meaning her death may not be covered by the policy.

The underwriters have been granted permission to gather evidence about possible illnesses, treatments and the circumstances of Miss Scott's death from her brother Randall Bambrough, the Tribune said.

The underwriters are also said to have asked a court in New York for permission to seek similar information from Miss Scott's former personal assistant.

The band are reported to have sued the underwriters in London.

In July Jagger spoke to NBC's Today show about Miss Scott's death.

"I'm doing okay. It's difficult, you know, a very hard year," he said. "But I got back into it by working and touring with the Stones around Europe and doing other things."

Miss Scott had been in a relationship with Jagger for 13 years and was a red carpet favourite, with her dresses worn by a number of Hollywood stars including Nicole Kidman and Penelope Cruz.

But she reportedly owed nearly £4.6m (€5.9m) to creditors at the time of her death.

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