A bailiff has been pictured pinning a court summons to the gates of Phil Collins’ Miami mansion as he tries to have his ex-wife evicted from the $32million home.
Collins is suing Orianne Cevey for ‘an Armed Occupation and Takeover’ of the home, claiming she has changed the entry codes, turned away visitors, and hired ‘three or four heavily armed individuals’ as guards.
The Genesis frontman is in the midst of a bitter second split from Cevey – who he divorced in 2008 but moved back in with in 2016 – after she secretly wed another musician in a Las Vegas ceremony in August this year.
Cevey, who has two children with Collins, was pictured strolling around Miami with her new husband Tom Bates earlier this month.
A bailiff arrived at the Miami mansion of Phil Collins today where he pinned a summons to the gates, informing the drummer’s ex-wife that he is suing her
The bailiff was accompanied by local police officers and was confronted by security at the gated mansion, where Cevey is understood to be holed up with her new husband
While the exact details of the lawsuit are not public, it is thought Collins is suing Cevey for ‘armed occupation’ of the property, and is trying to evict her
The bailiff appeared at the waterfront property on Tuesday morning with a notice of the lawsuit, giving Ms Cevey five days to file a defense.
Escorted by police officers, he could be seen tucking a large amount of paperwork behind the railings of the gate.
At some point the gate was opened by several mask-wearing security guards, who spoke with the officers and the bailiff.
After a short conversation the visitors left, with the paperwork left behind.
Details of the lawsuit were previously reported by Vanity Fair, which managed to obtain a copy.
Cevey is thought to be demanding the Collins renegotiate his divorce settlement with her – the largest in British celebrity history when it was finalised in 2008 – but he is said to be refusing to give her another cent.
The bailiff appeared hours after it was claimed that Cevey had a two-year ‘close friendship’ with a male stripper, even before her Vegas wedding.
Cevey, 46, is said to have met 29-year-old Preston Thompson – who goes by the name Bradley – in 2018 when he modelled for her ‘OC’ line of jewellery.
She is thought to have bought him a £1.3million house in Los Angeles, and then regularly flown out to see him between 2019 and May this year, when the friendship was suddenly broken off.
All the while she was living in a £25million waterside mansion in Miami with Collins.
The bailiff, accompanied by police officers, speaks with security guards at Collins’ mansion
Collins’ lawsuit accuses Cevey of hiring three or four armed guards, who could be seen at the property as the summons was delivered
Collins bought the home after he and Cevey rekindled their romance in 2015, following their 2008 split, but their relationship is now on the rocks a second time
Collins and Cevey divorced in 2008 but rekindled their romance in 2015 and had been presenting themselves as a married couple, though never actually tied the knot for a second time.
A source told The Sun: ‘Orianne was living with Phil as his “wife”, but flying out to Vegas to see Bradley all the way through 2019 and 2020.
‘She bought a house in Vegas where they’d spend time together and didn’t keep it that secret — she’d post photos of his dog and cat on her Instagram.
‘She took him to London, Switzerland and France on trips and it appears she lavished money on him.’
Swiss-born Cevey met Collins in 1994, when she was 21 and he was 44 and going through a bitter divorce from his second wife, Jill.
Hired to translate for Collins during a European tour, Cevey is said to have fallen head over heels for the rocker, and the pair married in 1999.
The couple settled in Switzerland and had two children together, but within 15 months of their second son’s arrival in 2004, the relationship fell apart.
They settled the divorce in 2008 for a reported £25million, the largest in British showbiz history.
Collins (left with Cevey in 2003, right in 2017) has vowed not to give his ex-wife another dime, as she tried to renegotiate her record-breaking divorce settlement
Collins admitted being ‘a bit of a bastard’ to Cevey while she suffered post-natal depression following the birth, and hit the bottle after she left.
After a near-brush with death, Collins eventually kicked his drinking habit and settled into a quiet way of life, before a surprise reunion with Cevey in 2015.
Then living in Miami with her second husband, Charles Mejjati, Cevey suffered complications from back surgery that left her paralysed for a time.
Her first visitor in hospital was said to have been Collins – a meeting which rekindled old feelings and prompted him to jack in his sedate Swiss life and move to Miami.
A divorce from Mejjati followed, and in 2016 the pair announced they were an item again and living in Miami with their sons.
At the time, Phil claimed not to remember why they had divorced, and Cevey spoke of the hope that they would one day marry again.
The split comes after it was revealed that Cevey had flown to Las Vegas in August and married musician Tom Bates (together left) in secret. It is also claimed that she had a ‘close friendship’ with model Preston Thompson (right) for two years before that
But earlier this year the relationship fell apart once again with the news that Cevey had skipped town to Vegas – claiming to have been on a business trip, while actually marrying Bates in a 20-minute ceremony officiated by an Elvis impersonator.
The pair have since been pictured together in Miami, with Cevey sporting a huge jewel on her ring finger, while Bates wore a face mask with the logo of her jewellery brand on it.
According to Collins’ lawyers, Cevey has changed the combinations on the locks at their mansion, so he has been forced to start eviction proceedings against her.
She is reportedly asking for more money on top of their 2008 divorce deal before she quits the house – but pals of drummer and singer Collins, who is worth £130million, have said that he doesn’t want to give her a solitary dime.
She is also said to have threatened to release personal details about Collins.
Her lawyer, Frank Maister, yesterday confirmed legal action was under way.
He previously told the Daily Mail: ‘We will deal with Mr Collins in the courthouse, not the gossip column.’