Sins of the mother: Phil Collins’ ex faces shocking allegations she ‘punched’ and ‘battered’ her young son
Phil Collins and ex-wife finally come face-to-face as they battle in court over home sale proceeds
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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 of the proceeds from the sale of the sprawling Miami estate they once shared, which Collins unloaded for $40 million in January 2021.
She claimed that he had previously promised her half of a sale if she moved back in with him.
But on Friday morning, Judge Alan Fine dismissed the case, which was brought in Miami, Fla., in its entirety — ruling that Cevey had made 10 separate violations of the court’s orders.
Judge Fine added, in a transcript seen by Page Six: “I’m done with this. You can go ahead and prepare the order of dismissal … I feel comfortable that enough is enough.” An order of dismissal will be issued shortly.
Using Cevey’s most recent married name of Bates, Jeffrey D. Fisher, the noted Palm Beach lawyer representing Collins, told Page Six: “Before she filed this case, Orianne Bates threatened to make disparaging remarks about Phil Collins unless he caved into her demands for 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale of his former Miami Beach home.
“Phil Collins has steadfastly maintained that Orianne’s lawsuit claiming an interest in his home was baseless because he never made an agreement with her regarding the home. The court’s decision today to dismiss her case vindicates Phill Collins decision to fight for the right outcome rather than give in to her threats”.
In April, Collins’ legal team accused Cevey of “committing fraud.”
According to court papers, Cevey claimed that she agreed to a divorce settlement from her second husband, Charles Mejati, because Collins had promised her half of their shared Miami house if she split from Mejjati.
Cevey claimed that she was “unable to understand what she was signing as she relied heavily on her pain medication and suffered from incredible pain” after a spinal and neck surgery that left her partially paralyzed and unable to walk – which is directly contrary to what she claimed in the suit against Collins. Collins denied promising her half of the proceeds from the house.
The pair had previously been married from 1999 to 2007. She was then married to investment banker Mejjjati from 2008 to 2017, but reunited with Collins in 2015. They broke up again in 2020 and she married Thomas Bates.
It was reported in court papers that Cevey had picked Bates, whom she filed for divorce from in December 2021, from a male escort site where he advertised himself as a “sexy intellectual.”
Collins was blindsided when he learned his ex had remarried — while still living in his home — and he launched a successful legal bid to throw them out of the house, as Page Six reported.
Cevey was awarded $46 million upon her 2008 divorce from Collins — at the time, a record in the UK. The pair share two sons: Nic, 21, who took over his dad’s drumming duties in the recent Genesis farewell tour, and 17-year-old Matthew.
The musician now lives in Switzerland.
As Page Six reported, Cevey was earlier this year accused of “battering” her youngest son in an emergency protection order filed by his father, Mejari.
Cevey’s 10-year-old son has moved in with his dad because conditions at his mother’s were “toxic, causing emotional and mental instability for him,” according to court records filed by Mejjati on behalf of the child. It’s believed that the son is still living with Mejati.
We’ve reached out to Orianne, who ended up representing herself in court, for comment.
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