Wednesday 11 December 2019

Jagger’s ‘stress’ revealed in Stones’ £8m claim over death of L’Wren 

Mick Jagger with his late girlfriend L’Wren Scott. Photo: Getty
Mick Jagger with his late girlfriend L’Wren Scott. Photo: Getty

Mick Jagger was diagnosed with ‘acute traumatic stress’ disorder in the wake of L’Wren Scott’s death, court papers have revealed.

The Rolling Stones singer is said to have developed the extreme reaction after his girlfriend took her own life on March 17. He was told by a doctor not to perform for a month, which meant that the band postponed the Australian and New Zealand legs of their world tour.

Acute traumatic stress disorder can lead to symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, feelings of guilt and emotional numbness.

The revelation about Jagger’s state of mind was made in court papers filed in the US during a battle over an insurance payout to the Stones over Scott’s death.

The underwriters claim that because she took her own life they do not have to pay out £8m (€10.2m) that the band are demanding from the £17m (€21.6m) policy.

The disclosure about Jagger’s diagnosis gives the most revealing insight yet into his agony after the death of his girlfriend of 13 years. He has only given one brief interview about his pain and in a statement said he would “never forget her”.

It read: “I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way.”

The underwriters say that after the Stones put in a claim they disputed it and began legal actions in the High Court in London and a court in New York. The latest case was brought in Utah, where Scott was originally from, and in it the insurers say Jagger (71) was not examined before he was diagnosed with his disorder.

All they have is a letter from a doctor who was not a psychiatrist and did not even see the patient, the court papers state.

Scott was just 49 when her body was found in her luxury Manhattan apartment after she hanged herself. A spokesman for the Rolling Stones declined to comment.

Irish Independent

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