Music star Phil Collins’ legal battle with ex-wife Orianne Cevey is getting nastier.
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In October, the Genesis drummer and singer-turned-successful solo artist sued his third wife, claiming she refused to leave his Miami Beach home.
The move came after years of drama: Orianne and Phil married in 1999, welcomed two sons, split in 2006 and divorced in 2008. She then married another man, investment banker Charles Mejjati, but in early 2016 confirmed she’d reconciled with Phil, though she and the music star did not remarry. Orianne then broke up with Phil this summer and secretly wed another man, Thomas Bates, in Las Vegas in August.
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Page Six reported that Orianne filed new court documents on Nov. 9 in which she makes shocking claims about the “In the Air Tonight” and “Sussidio” singer. According to Orianne, Phil failed to make good on a promise to give her half of their $40 million home. She further claims that Phil started drinking heavily and abusing pills beginning in 2017 and that he would “fall down from the combination of prescription medicines and excessive alcohol.”
Plus, she claimed, “on multiple occasions, he hit his head when he fell, and checked into hospitals under an alias.” Further, Phil has “collapsed on stage when performing because he was so impaired he could not stand up,” her court papers allege.
A friend of Phil’s defended him from these particular allegations, telling Page Six that the musician “has a serious neurological problem that requires him to take daily medication and this means he does fall sometimes on stage. He’s currently in the UK in rehearsals with Genesis. If he was in that much of a state, he would not be able to function.”
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Page Six also reported that in her new court papers, Orianne describes Phil as a “hermit” who by 2019 “became increasingly depressed, withdrawn, abusive and following an operation on his back, increasingly addicted to antidepressants and painkillers.” Things were so bad, she alleges, “He was incapable of having sex.”
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The New York Post’s gossip column reported that Orianne also claims in her papers that Phil “stopped showering, brushing his teeth and dressing properly (in fact, he did not shower or brush his teeth from 2019 until August 2020 when he vacated)” their property.
Further allegations from his ex say he’s been “emotionally and verbally abusive towards Orianne and often ignored the needs of his children.”
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Phil’s legal team, meanwhile, has already filed a motion to strike, Page Six reported. According to his attorneys, Orianne’s filing “contains a litany of demonstrably false, immaterial, impertinent, scandalous and scurrilous allegations which have nothing to do with the legal claims in this case.” Phil’s side believes his ex-wife’s allegations “are included only to further defendants’ plan to deliberately make sensationalized and/or false allegations in an effort to extort money…”
At the heart of this new legal battle is a fight over Phil and Orianne’s house. According to her, Phil said — before they reconciled — that if she divorced Charles (the first man she married after Phil) and also gave up her portion of her and Phil’s $20 million estate on Miami’s Sunset Island, Phil would give her half of their new Miami property. Orianne says Phil reneged on that part of their agreement.
Though Phil initially tried to evict Orianne and her newest husband, Thomas, from his home, he’s now reached an agreement with her on one aspect of the drama: The house is being sold and Orianne and Thomas will move out by January.