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Insurers Fight Rolling Stones Over Suicide of Jagger’s Girlfriend

A group of insurance underwriters has gotten permission to interview the brother of Mick Jagger's dead ex-girlfriend, part of an escalating legal battle over the cancellation of Rolling Stones concerts. A federal judge in Utah allowed the underwriters to continue their investigation of claims that the Stones could use L'Wren Scott's suicide in March to claim $12.7 million in losses stemming from the canceled shows.

The Stones were about to embark on a tour of Australia and New Zealand when Scott, 49, hanged herself in her New York apartment on March 17. The group had taken out a $23.9 million insurance policy to cover shows canceled for various reasons, including the deaths of family members and others close to band members. Jagger listed Scott, and after her death, he was diagnosed with "acute traumatic stress disorder" and was advised by doctors not to perform, according to court documents cited by the Salt Lake Tribune. But the underwriters balked, and the Stones sued. The underwriters say they want better documentation of whether Scott's suicide could be considered "sudden and unforseen."

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