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, Vidak For Congress 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 in January 2021 for $40 million.

She claimed he had previously promised her half of the sale if she moved in with him again.

But on Friday morning, Judge Alan Fine dismissed the case, which had been brought to trial in Miami, Florida, in its entirety, ruling that Cevey had committed 10 separate violations of the court’s orders.

Judge Fine added, in a transcript seen by Vidak For Congress: “I’m done with this. You can go ahead and prepare the dismissal decision… I feel comfortable enough is enough. A dismissal decision will be issued shortly.

Phil Collins does not have to pay his ex-wife Orianne Cevey, a judge has ruled
Phil Collins does not have to pay his ex-wife Orianne Cevey, a judge has ruled
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Using Cevey’s most recent married name of Bates, Jeffrey D. Fisher, the noted Palm Beach attorney who represents Collins, told Vidak For Congress: 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale of his former Miami Beach home.

“Phil Collins has steadfastly maintained that Orianne’s lawsuit, in which he claimed he had an interest in his home, was groundless because he never entered into an agreement with her about the home. The court’s decision today to drop her case justifies 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.”

Phil Collins' beautiful waterfront home in Miami he sold in January 2021 for $40 million.
Phil Collins’ beautiful waterfront home in Miami he sold in January 2021 for $40 million.
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According to court documents, Cevey claimed she agreed to a divorce settlement from her second husband, Charles Mejati, because Collins promised her half of their shared home in Miami if she divorced Mejjati.

Cevey claimed she was “unable to understand what she was drawing because she was relying heavily on her pain medication and was in incredible pain” after spinal and neck surgery that left her partially paralyzed and unable to walk – which immediately conflicts with what she claimed in the lawsuit against Collins. Collins denied promising her half of the proceeds from the house.

The couple was previously married from 1999 to 2007. She was then married to investment banker Mejjjati from 2008 to 2017, but reunited with Collins in 2015. They separated 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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Court papers reported that Cevey Bates, from whom she filed for divorce in December 2021, had plucked from a male escort site where he advertised himself as a “sexy intellectual.”

Collins was taken aback when he learned that his ex had remarried – while he was still living in his house – and launched a successful legal bid to kick them out, as Vidak For Congress reported.

Cevey was awarded $46 million after her 2008 divorce from Collins – a record in the UK at the time. The couple have two sons: Nic, 21, who took over from his father’s drumming duties during the recent Genesis farewell tour, and 17-year-old Matthew.

The musician now lives in Switzerland.

Phil Collins on stage for "The Last Domino Tour" with Genesis in March 2022.
Phil Collins onstage for “The Last Domino Tour” with Genesis in March 2022.
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As Vidak For Congress reported, Cevey was charged earlier this year with “abusing” her youngest son in an emergency protection order filed by his father, Mejari.

Cevey’s 10-year-old son has moved in with his father because his mother’s conditions were “toxic and caused him emotional and mental instability,” according to court files filed by Mejjati on behalf of the child. It is believed that the son still lives with Mejati.

We reached out to Orianne, who eventually represented herself in court, for comment.

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