Phil Collins has filed a lawsuit against his ex-wife, Orianne Cevey, and accuses her and her new husband of “an armed occupation and takeover” of his mansion in Miami, Fla.
Vanity Fair reports that court documents they’ve obtained state that Cevey and her husband, Thomas Bates, “changed the alarm codes, blocked the surveillance cameras, barred entry by vendors and the real estate agent, and are threatening, implicitly and explicitly, to prolong their unlawful occupation of the property through force.” The documents also claim Cevey and Bates have hired armed security guards that are based inside and on the grounds of the $40 million-mansion.
This update follows news last week that Collins was trying to remove Cevey from the home after learning she suddenly remarried in Las Vegas in August. Collins and Cevey were married from 1999 to 2008. Cevey remarried but divorced that husband in 2016 and got back together with Collins. TMZ reported Cevey’s marriage in August was seemingly out of nowhere and that she told Collins “she was just traveling to Las Vegas for business.”
Regarding the surprise marriage, Vanity Fair reports, “Cevey texted Collins in July telling him that she would ‘like to try to see if I can be happy again’ with another man. After Collins’s enlisted the guidance of his lawyers, his legal team then discovered that Cevey had secretly married 31-year-old businessman Thomas Bates on August 2 and purchased a home for about $1.7 million in Las Vegas in December 2019. As a result, the musician asked his ex to permanently move out of his Miami home, giving her a deadline of Monday, October 12—a deadline she failed to meet.”