Phil Collins ex-wife Orianne Cevey will be staying at his Miami Beach mansion with her new toy boy husband when their bitter legal battle began in a Florida courtroom on Tuesday.
During the trial, the court heard that Cevey allegedly demanded a payment of $ 20 million from Collins, with whom she has had an on-off relationship for more than two decades.
Collins and Cevey, 46, were married from 1999 to 2008. Their record-breaking $ 47 million divorce made international headlines.
The couple reconciled in 2016 and stayed together until the beginning of this year. However, Collins was blind when Cevey secretly married struggling musician Thomas Bates, 30, last August. Banks moved into the couple's $ 33 million home in Miami while Collins was out of town.
In Tuesday's hearing, which got fiery at times, the rocker's attorney angrily accused Cevey of using "game art" to take over the house and block the legal process by switching lawyers and claims.
Judge Stephanie Silver also noted that Cevey had filed a counterclaim with Collins demanding approximately $ 20 million.
Although these papers are not yet available, the judge later said she "understood" about half of the current value of the Miami home.
Phil Collins' ex-wife Orianne Cevey will stay at his Miami Beach mansion with her new toy boy husband Thomas Bates for the time being after a trial on Thursday. The couple leaves the law firm after the procedure
Cevey and Bates, a 30-year-old musician, tied the knot in August. He moved to the Miami mansion while Collins was out of town
Collins and Cevey (pictured 2018) married in 1999 and divorced in 2008. They reconciled in 2016, but Collins was stunned when he learned of Cevey's romance with struggling musician Thomas Banks
Michael Green, who represents the rocker, said an affidavit submitted by Cevey was the only "affidavit" she made.
"There is nothing in the allegations made in this alleged claim that she had a 50 percent interest," he said.
Meanwhile, it emerged that after a "confrontation," Collins had left the house with only a few suitcases and $ 4.7 million in jewelry, unreleased music, and a portion of his Alamo memorabilia collection worth 15 million . USD left behind.
In legal documents, Collins Cevey's attorneys also accused of taking the waterfront mansion "by force", changing security codes, blocking his access to video surveillance and calling in an armed security team.
They had given Cevey and Bates until last Friday to leave the house and when they stayed an injunction was filed to have them evicted.
The lawsuit alleges both "forced entry" and unlawful possession of the home, which they deny.
For Tuesday's hearing, held through Zoom, the new couple brought a lawyer who had not been to an earlier hearing and needed a break to learn details.
Cevey not only refused to leave the house, but also requested a payment of $ 20 million, the court heard
Cevey reportedly changed the combination of locks on the Miami mansion she has shared with Collins since 2016 (pictured)
Only Bates could be seen in front of the camera in the background at the lawyer Richard Wolfe's office.
At some point a voice could be heard in the background that appeared to be Ceveys.
"I don't know anything that was put on the file," Wolfe said once.
Judge Silver noted that he was the third attorney the couple hired in four days.
He argued that Cevey has an interest in the house even though it is registered under a company owned by Collins.
Collins and Bates can be seen in Miami last week. The couple reportedly created Collins & # 39; Villa & # 39; taken over by a show of force, security codes changed, his access to video surveillance blocked and an armed security team called in
At the house, Collins has left multi-million dollar memorabilia and unreleased music and jewelry
When the Collins legal team pressed for the elimination of the "intruders", Attorney Michael Green strongly denied "this alleged allegation" and said it was not even mentioned in Bates' earlier filing.
But Judge Silver said it would take another hearing to rule on the new claim and that Collins could await it in another of his homes.
Jeff Fisher, another lawyer for Collins, replied, "She has another home, let her go to Las Vegas."
Cevey reportedly bought a house in Sin City.
He added: 'This is an absolute invention, it is transparent. Lawyer number three, story number four. So the problem really is whether through play art they can rob someone of their home. While she has another home? & # 39;
Fisher said that Collins, who is in Europe, wanted to return home for Christmas and New Years.
Collins (left with Cevey in 2003, right in 2017) filed the lawsuit to remove Cevey from his home
The parties agreed to remove items owned by Collins or controversial and to keep them pending a decision on the case
"There is nothing more sacrosanct than a person's right to own and use their home," he added.
The judge insisted that the new hearing, which would have to be subject to a different jurisdiction, be heard as soon as possible.
Instead, much of the 90-minute hearing was devoted to removing personal belongings from the home.
The Collins lawsuit alleges there is a "significant risk that Bates, Cevey, or their agents could remove, hide, or destroy valuable and irreplaceable personal property from the home".
Items listed by the judge included jewelry, memorabilia, family photos, clothing, unpublished music, and office equipment.
Collins is known to be a Battle of Alamo enthusiast and has a collection of items valued at $ 15 million, part of which was donated to a museum in San Antonio.
The parties agreed that items owned by Collins or controversial would be removed and retained pending a decision on the case.
Cevey allegedly sent a text to a Collins saying she had found someone to see if she could try to be happy again. Pictured in 2016
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