KEY POINTS

  • Phil Collins is suing his ex-wife Orianne Cevey for refusing to move out of his $33 million Miami home
  • This came after she secretly married a man named Thomas Bates in August
  • Lawyers for Collins said he was concerned over his collection of artifacts and other personal belongings

A judge ruled Tuesday that Phil Collins’ and his ex-wife Orianne Cevey’s personal belongings in their Miami mansion will be inventoried by a third party after the singer expressed concern that Cevey would destroy or remove valuable belongings from his waterfront property, a report said.

Collins is suing Cevey for allegedly refusing to move out of his $33 million Miami home after she secretly married a man named Thomas Bates in August. He is also seeking a temporary restraining order against the couple, Page Six reported.

Lawyers for the musician told a judge Tuesday that Collins was concerned over his collection of artifacts from the Battle of the Alamo, family pictures, his music collection and his piano, among others.

Meanwhile, court documents obtained by the Miami Herald showed that Cevey broke up with Collins through a text message in August before marrying her boyfriend in Las Vegas.

The newlyweds returned to Miami and allegedly refused to leave the mansion despite Cevey owning property in Las Vegas that was bought for over $1 million.

Court documents revealed that Cevey is allegedly threatening to release private information about Collins unless he pays her “a preposterous amount of money based on an oral agreement that does not exist,” the Miami Herald reported.

Cevey and her new husband allegedly hired four armed guards to patrol the property and blocked surveillance cameras in addition to changing all the security codes, the documents said.

The couple is “threatening, implicitly and explicitly, to prolong their unlawful occupation of the property through force" even though the property is “100%” owned by Collins, documents revealed.

“An injunction is urgently needed to end an armed occupation and takeover of the Phil Collins home by his ex-girlfriend and her new husband, the defendants in the action,” the suit alleged.

Jeffrey Fisher, Collins’ attorney, told the Miami Herald in a statement that Cevey was allegedly trying to use Collins for money.

“Mrs. Bates, as she is now known, is trying to shake down Phil Collins for money, and as his attorney and former federal prosecutor, I have zero tolerance for that type of behavior. I’m going to use every legal remedy to get her out of the house,” Fisher said.

Meanwhile, Cevey’s lawyer, Frank Maister, previously told the outlet that they will deal with Collins in court and not through a gossip column.

Collins and Cevey have a wild history dating back to the early '90s.

They met in 1994 while Cevey was working as his translator during his 1994 tour of Switzerland and wed in 1999. However, their relationship went south seven years later, and they ultimately divorced in 2008.

Cevey and Collins, who share two teenage sons, reunited after she ended her marriage to investment banker Charles Mejjati in 2016.

At the time, Collins explained to People that his reconciliation with Cevey, who is also a successful jewelry designer, "wasn't something we wanted to make a song and dance about."

"But obviously when you have children, there's two ways you can go. You can go the nasty way or you can go the nice way, and we always went the nice way … and we realized we missed each other," he added.

Phil Collins
Phil Collins arrives at the Hollywood world premiere of "Mirror Mirror" in Los Angeles, California March 17, 2012. REUTERS
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