Phil Collins sues ex-wife Orianne Cevey for allegedly taking over mansion through ‘show of force’

Clémence Michallon
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Phil Collins and Orianne Cevey at the Little Dreams Foundation Gala press conference on 18 October 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida (Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
Phil Collins and Orianne Cevey at the Little Dreams Foundation Gala press conference on 18 October 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida (Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

Phil Collins has sued his ex-wife Orianne Cevey, claiming she has refused to vacate his Miami Beach mansion.

In court papers filed on 14 October and recently published by WPTV, an NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach, Florida, the Genesis frontman is described as “the sole member, manager and owner” of the entity that owns the property.

The documents further claim that Cevey “has no right to occupy or enter upon the property” but “is occupying the property as if it is hers”.

According to Collins, Cevey has allegedly been living at the residence with her “new husband”. Collins alleges that the pair “have hired armed guards to patrol the property with openly displayed firearms” and that “[they] and their guards have taken possession of the property through a show of force”.

A letter from Collins’s attorney Jeffrey D Fisher to Cevey’s lawyer Frank A Maister, also published by WPTV and dated 9 October, set 12 October as the deadline on which Cevey had to leave the residence according to Collins’s terms.

In the 14 October filing, Collins asks the court in Miami-Dade County to grant him exclusive possession of the home and is seeking “an award of costs and for such other relief” to be determined by the court.

Collins and Cevey, who have two sons together, were married from 1999 and filed for divorce in 2006, before reconciling in 2016.

The Independent has contacted Cevey’s attorney for comment.