Phil Collins was quietly grilled by lawyers in connection with his third ex-wife’s newest divorce, according to Miami-Dade County court records.
The former Genesis frontman, 65, who moved into a $33 million Miami Beach house last year, is said to have patched things up with ex Orianne Mejjati as she goes through an increasingly nasty divorce.
She filed for divorce in January against investment banker Charles Mejjati, her second husband. At the heart of the case is a private divorce agreement signed last year that would pay Charles millions and the mysterious deeding of her Miami Beach house to Charles. There’s also the matter of the custody of Orianne’s 5-year-old son with Charles.
"They grilled Phil about his current relationship with his ex-wife," said a source close to the case who asked not to be quoted by name. "They asked about Orianne’s health and her state of mind when she signed her property away. Phil wasn’t too happy about having to go through this, but he did fine."
Orianne is set on reclaiming her house at 1525 W. 24th St. in Sunset Islands, which she bought in 2012 for $8.4 million (with some of the $46 million-plus she got from Phil in their divorce in 2008) then quick-deeded to Charles for $10, according to records. In the Miami-Dade County court papers, Orianne claims she doesn’t remember signing over the house and blames her willingness to part with the seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom property on strong pain killers she took as she healed from back surgery.
John Christiansen, Orianne’s attorney, isn’t returning calls. Mejjati declined comment while the case is ongoing.
© Miami Herald, by Jose Lambiet