Ex-wife’s $20 million lawsuit against singer Phil Collins dismissed

Phil Collins’ ex-wife Orianne Cevey has lost her $20 million legal battle against the pop star, Page Six can reveal.

Cevey, 48, sued the 71-year-old for half the proceeds from the sale of the sprawling Miami estate they once shared, which Collins offloaded for $40 million in January 2021.

She claimed he had previously promised her half a sale if she returned with him.

But on Friday morning, Judge Alan Fine dismissed the case, which was taken to Miami, Florida, in its entirety – ruling that Cevey had committed 10 separate violations of court orders.

Fine added, in a transcript seen by Page Six: “I’m done with that. You can go ahead and prepare the dismissal order… I am convinced that enough is enough. A dismissal order will be issued shortly.

Phil Collins won't have to pay ex-wife Orianne Cevey, judge rules
Phil Collins won’t have to pay ex-wife Orianne Cevey, judge rules
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Using Cevey’s most recent married name, Bates, Jeffrey D. Fisher, the famed Palm Beach attorney representing Collins, told Page Six, “Before filing this case, Orianne Bates threatened to make disparaging remarks about Phil Collins unless he gives in to her demands. for 50% of the proceeds from the sale of his former Miami Beach home.

“Phil Collins has strongly argued that Orianne’s lawsuit claiming an interest in her house was without merit because he never entered into an agreement with her regarding the house. The court’s decision today to dismiss her case justifies the Phill Collins’ decision to fight for the right result rather than give in to his threats.

In April, Collins’ legal team charged Cevey with “committing fraud.”

Phil Collins' stunning Miami waterfront home, which he sold for $40 million in January 2021.
Phil Collins sold his stunning Miami waterfront home for $40 million in January 2021.
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According to court documents, Cevey claimed she agreed to a divorce deal with her second husband, Charles Mejjati, because Collins promised her half of their joint Miami home if she separated from Mejjati.

Cevey claimed she was ‘unable to understand what she was signing as she relied heavily on her painkillers and was in incredible pain’ after spinal and neck surgery which left her partially paralyzed and incapacitated to walk – which is directly contrary to what she claimed in the lawsuit against Collins. Collins denied promising him half the proceeds from the house.

The couple were previously married from 1999 to 2007. She was later married to investment banker Mejjati from 2008 to 2017 but reunited with Collins in 2015. They broke up again in 2020 and she married Thomas Bates.

Phil Collins and Orianne Cevey
Genesis star Phil Collins and his ex-wife Orianne Cevey on their wedding day in Switzerland in July 1999.
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It was reported in court documents that Cevey chose Bates, whom she filed for divorce from in December 2021, on a male escort site where he presented himself as a “sexy intellectual”.

Collins was caught off guard when he learned his ex had remarried – while still living in his house – and he launched a successful legal bid to evict them from the house, as reported by Page. Six.

Cevey was paid $46 million in her 2008 divorce from Collins – at the time a UK record. The couple have two sons: Nic, 21, who took over as drummer from his father on Genesis’ recent farewell tour, and Matthew, 17.

The musician now lives in Switzerland.

Phil Collins on stage for "The last round of dominoes" with Genesis in March 2022.
Phil Collins on stage for “The Last Domino Tour” with Genesis in March 2022.
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As reported by Page Six, Cevey was charged earlier this year with “beating” her youngest son as part of an emergency protective order filed by her father, Mejjati.

Cevey’s 10-year-old son moved in with his father because conditions at his mother’s house were “toxic, causing her emotional and mental instability,” according to court filings Mejjati filed on the child’s behalf. The son is believed to still be living with Mejjati.

We reached out to Orianne, who ended up representing herself in court, for comment.

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