Phil Collins and his ex-wife have reached a "partial settlement" in a fierce battle to get her and her new husband removed from the singer's mansion in Miami, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.
Collins, 69, insists that former flame Orianne Cevey-Collins has no right to live in his palatial waterfront property with her new husband, Thomas Bates, 31, and is suing for them to be kicked out.
After the trio first met face-to-face on Friday in mediation talks over Zoom, Orianne and Bates agreed to vacate the mansion by mid-January so Collins can put it on the market and sell the singer's attorney, Jeff Fisher.
He revealed that the lawsuit over Orianne's $ 20 million counterclaim – about half the value of the house – has not yet been resolved and is about to be tried.
Phil Collins and his ex-wife have reached a "partial settlement" in a fierce battle to get her and her new husband removed from the singer's mansion in Miami, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal
The musician filed for a restraining order earlier this month to throw Cevey and her husband out of his palatial waterfront home in Miami Beach, Florida. Pictured in 2016
After the trio first faced each other in mediation talks over Zoom on Friday, they reached a tentative agreement allowing them to leave the $ 40 million home in exchange for a financial settlement. Pictured: Cevey and Bates
Despite separating from Collins and remarrying, jewelry designer Orianne, 46, claimed the mansion was her home as well as his and wanted $ 20 million to leave the mansion
& # 39; Lord. and Ms. Bates 'plan to take Phil Collins' house hostage to reach a settlement during a lengthy legal process was turned on its head by the new judge's brave decision to complete the restraining order next week, "said Fisher in a statement.
“Since the delaying tactic failed, they agreed to vacate by mid-January and allow Phil's agent to market and sell the property between now and the date of their departure.” Next, Phil Collins “priceless collection of music memorabilia and Artifacts from the Alamo will be retrieved within days.
& # 39; wife. Bates' lawsuit, which claims a 50 percent stake in the house based on an alleged oral agreement, continues, but we have no doubt that it too will be terminated quickly and definitively once the judge clears the truth hear what happened. “Orianne's camp have yet to make their own statement.
A lawsuit scheduled for Monday through Tuesday at the Miami Dade Circuit Court has also been canceled, although our source did not rule out future legal action in the event the agreement collapses.
Despite separating from Collins and remarrying, jewelry designer Orianne, 46, claimed the mansion was her home as well as his and wanted $ 20 million to leave the mansion.
Collins, who is currently rehearsing in London for an upcoming Genesis meeting, filed for a restraining order that would have allowed him to send in police officers to physically remove the couple.
However, earlier this week he softened his stance and instead consented to formal mediation.
Collins took drastic legal action earlier this month after quitting with Orianne for the second time. The couple married in 1999 and had two sons, Nicholas, 19 and Matthew, 15, before they separated seven years later.
Despite agreeing to a $ 47 million divorce settlement, they surprised the world in 2016 when they announced they were back together, living in the Miami home that Collins bought through an LLC.
However, the relationship apparently ended for good when he discovered that Orianne had "secretly" married Bates on August 2 in Las Vegas.
Orianne (left) takes a smoke break during a trial Wednesday. Orianne's new friend Bates is pictured outside the court on the right
Collins bought the house after he and Cevey revived their romance in 2015 after breaking up in 2008. Orianne filed a $ 20 million counterclaim claiming the house was owned by her by "an oral agreement".
According to court records, the crooner Against All Odds traveled to Switzerland in a hurry and gave the couple until October 12 to pack their bags and move so that they could put the plush object up for sale.
When they could not leave, Collins sued Orianne for illegal detention and forced entry. He accused the couple of hiring armed guards, covering security cameras, and changing alarm codes in order to confiscate the home "by force".
The newlyweds hit back with their own files, dismissing the allegations as "nothing more than retaliation" for the new marriage and a "shameful story" that Collins "made up".
Orianne argues that she gave up a $ 20 million stake in her former Miami home by divorcing her former husband, Charles Mejjati.
She selected the waterfront villa and furnished it together, paid her share of the bills for five years, and had an "oral cohabitation agreement" with Collins that allowed her and her two sons to be there.
Orianne also claims to have informed Collins about her marriage to Bates after trying on multiple occasions to talk about their "deteriorating relationship", which he allegedly refused to address.
The mother of three admits to reporting on surveillance cameras, but claims it was because Collins installed 20 secret devices in the 12,000-square-foot residence to spy on them, including in her bathroom and dressing room.
Collins (left with Cevey in 2003, right in 2017) has vowed not to give his ex-wife a penny when she tried to renegotiate her record-breaking divorce settlement
The mother of three admits to reporting on surveillance cameras, but claims it was because Collins installed 20 secret devices in the 12,000-square-foot residence to spy on them, including in her bathroom and dressing room. At the house, Collins left memorabilia and unreleased music and jewelry worth millions of dollars
At the house, Collins left memorabilia and unreleased music and jewelry worth millions of dollars
& # 39; These cameras were installed without my knowledge or consent. I covered these cameras with adhesive tape to protect my privacy and the privacy of my children in the family home, ”Orianne said on her file.
"I was very concerned and outraged that Mr. Collins apparently asked for hidden cameras to be installed in these rooms."
Orianne insists that leaving the house for her youngest son – a nine-year-old who on court documents only appears as A.A. – with whom she shares custody of Mejjati from Miami.
Because her counterclaim for a "fair interest" in the home would likely exceed the $ 30,000 maximum that can be awarded in the district courts, a judge decided last week to refer her to the district court.
The development put Collins & # 39; fill in the background of a long line of pending cases, with court closings and pandemic restrictions that are expected to delay legal proceedings for a year or more.
The British rock star – valued at an estimated $ 300 million – had to decide whether to pay off his ex-wife a second time or compete with her in a bitter, drawn-out legal battle.
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