Phil Collins and his ex-wife Orianne Cevey’s battle over who has the right to occupy the $40 million Miami mansion is now facing a brand-new complication—legally mandated cooperation.
The judge presiding over the former couple’s case urged them during a hearing on Wednesday to work out their differences in private over Zoom instead of taking their case to trial, according to the Daily Mail. Collins has reportedly agreed to the court-ordered meditation with his on-again, off-again ex, who is requesting he pay her $20 million to leave his home as she considers it to be partially her own under a “verbal cohabitation agreement.”
The musician, who is currently in London preparing for an upcoming Genesis reunion, has a Zoom meeting Friday to see if he can hash out an agreement with Cevey and her new husband, Thomas Bates, ahead of Monday’s court date to contest the injunction Collins filed to have them removed from the mansion. Cevey’s attorney Richard Wolfe agreed with the judge that all involved would be “well-served by an early mediation.” Collins’s lawyer Jeff Fisher, on the other hand, told the judge, “I won’t profess to be optimistic but lightning can strike and of course we will go to a mediation.”
Last week, Cevey alleged that her ex-husband was spying on her after she discovered “approximately 20 hidden cameras” throughout the hotly contested home. Her legal team went on to accuse Collins of trying to “spy on [Cevey] during her most private moments.” She has also filed a counterclaim against him seeking “approximately $20 million” as her lawyer argued that she has an ownership stake in the home registered under a company owned by Collins, according to the Daily Mail.
This whole legal battle began two weeks ago when the Grammy winner filed a suit to get his ex and Bates to move out of his home after she allegedly seized it via “an armed occupation and takeover.” Collins and Cevey broke up in July after finalizing their divorce in 2008 and rekindling their romance in 2016. Following the split, Collins’s lawyers discovered that Cevey had secretly married Bates on August 2 and purchased a home for about $1.7 million in Las Vegas in December 2019. The musician gave her a deadline of October 12 to move out—a deadline she clearly failed to meet. But the court seems hopeful that Friday’s face-to-face Zoom call will put these at-odds exes back on the same page.
Representatives for Phil Collins and Orianne Cevey were not immediately available for comment.
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