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Phil Collins’ ex-wife Orianne Cevey ‘files counterclaim for $20m’ while remaining in Miami mansion

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Phil Collins and Orianne Cevey

Phil Collins is pushing to have his ex-wife Orianne Cevey evicted (Picture: Johnny Louis/WireImage,)

Phil Collins’ ex-wife Orianne Cevey has filed a counterclaim against the rocker for $20 million (£15 million) while being allowed to remain in their Miami mansion for the time being. 

The In The Air Tonight rocker filed legal documents to get the courts to serve Cevey with an eviction notice to vacate their sprawling waterfront property in Miami, Florida. 

He claims that Cevey and Bates had seized the mansion unlawfully as well as hiring ‘armed guards’ and changing the alarm codes.

During Tuesday’s court hearing, held via Zoom, a judge did not force Cevey to leave the house immediately as the proceedings are ongoing. 

Judge Stephanie Silver did note that Cevey had ‘filed a counterclaim seeking approximately $20 million’ from Collins, which is understood to be half the value of the Miami mansion. 

Collins, 69, claims he was blindsided by Cevey’s marriage to Thomas Bates, in August as the singer had reconciled with her himself in 2016 and believed they were still in a relationship. 

Orianne Cevey and Thomas Bates

Cevey is said to be living in the Miami house with her new husband Thomas Bates (Credits: MEGA)

The Genesis star’s legal team accused Cevey, 46, of using ‘gamesmanship’ to continue living in the home, such as stalling proceedings by changing lawyers several times. 

In the latest hearing, Cevey was represented by a new lawyer she had not used in the case so far. Judge Silver said that this was her third attorney in four days. 

Richard Wolfe, who is now representing Cevey, reportedly seemed unprepared at times and noted at one point: ‘I know nothing that was entered into the record,’ according to the Mail Online. 

Collins’ lawyers described Cevey and Bates as ‘trespassers’ while attorney Jeff Fisher, said: ‘She has another home, let her go to Las Vegas.’ 

‘Lawyer number three, story number four. And so, the issue really is, do they get to, through gamesmanship, deprive somebody of their home? While she has another home?’ he added. 

Fisher said that Collins had hoped to return to his Miami home for Christmas and New Year, stating: ‘There is nothing more sacrosanct than a person’s right to possess and use their home.’ 

Phil Collins and Orianne Cevey

Collins and Cevey reconciled in 2016 following their divorce (Picture: Getty Images)

It’s claimed Collins left the property with only a few suitcases and $4.7 million (£3.6 million) worth of jewellery and unpublished music after a ‘confrontation’. 

His team argued that there was ‘substantial risk that Bates, Cevey or their agents will remove, conceal or destroy valuable and irreplaceable personal property’. 

‘There is nothing more sacrosanct than a person’s right to possess and use their home,’ Fisher said. 

It emerged last week that Collins and Cevey had split for a second time. 

The British musician was first married to Orianne for six years after tying the knot in 1999. 

However the couple split in 2006 and Collins is widely reported to have paid a $47 million (£36 million) settlement in their divorce two years later.

Then in 2015, the couple surprised the world by announcing they had reconciled following her divorce from Christopher Mejjati. 

Collins shares two sons with Cevey – Nic, 19, and Matthew, 15. He is also father to actress daughter Lily Collins, 31, Joely Collins, 48, and musician Simon, 44, from previous relationships. 

Phil opened up about his renewed relationship with Orianne in 2016 and told People at the time: ‘But obviously when you have children, there’s two ways you can go.

‘You can go the nasty way or you can go the nice way, and we always went the nice way … and we realised we missed each other. 

‘We are still enjoying living in a house together and changing light bulbs.’ 

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