The court’s previous recommendation that Phil Collins and his ex-wife Orianne Cevey work out their property and financial disputes amongst themselves over Zoom doesn’t seem to have turned out so well. Despite that one friend who still thinks the on-again, off-again couple could get back together, and the pair reaching a “partial settlement” in October, it seems that Cevey has destroyed any chance of reconciliation after claiming in court documents that her ex is a binge-drinking “hermit” dealing with impotency and hygiene issues. All of those are claims the presiding Judge Spencer Eig has recommended be struck from the record.
During the couple’s most recent hearing, Judge Eig told Cevey to stop making “scandalous” remarks about her ex-husband or else risk having her claim to half his $40 million Miami mansion thrown out entirely, according to the Daily Mail. Judge Eig also sided with Collins’s lawyers, who urged the judge to strike Cevey’s offending statements from the record. The former couple’s ongoing dispute is over the rightful inhabitant and financial beneficiary of Collins’s mansion, which the musician claims Cevey and her new husband Thomas Bates seized via “an armed occupation and takeover,” which the pair has reportedly denied.
In response, Collins’s legal representation filed a “motion to strike,” claiming that Cevey’s statement “contains a litany of demonstrably false, immaterial, impertinent, scandalous, and scurrilous allegations which have nothing to do with the legal claims in this case. These allegations are included only to further defendants’ plan to deliberately make sensationalized and/or false allegations in an effort to extort money from […] Phil Collins.”
Judge Eig gave Cevey’s attorney five days to amend her claim and make sure all offending allegations about Collins’s personal life are removed, saying, “The court grants the motion to strike immaterial, impertinent, and scandalous allegations. If you file the motion tomorrow with all of the same allegations that are not in compliance with the order, then you run the risk of your complaint being dismissed with prejudice.” The embattled couple is set to face off again in court in late January, when their two-day trial is scheduled to begin.
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