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Phil Collins' ex Orianne Cevey to vacate his Miami house by mid-January

Phil Collins and ex-wife Orianne Cevey have reached a partial settlement in his eviction lawsuit against her and her new husband, Thomas Bates.

Collins’ attorney, Jeffrey D. Fisher, confirmed on Friday that Cevey and Bates agreed to move out by mid-January.

"Mr. and Mrs. Bates’ plan to hold Phil Collins’ house as hostage to leverage a settlement during a protracted court case was upended by the new judge’s bold decision to complete the injunction hearing next week," Fisher said in a statement. "With the delay tactic failing, they agreed to vacate by mid-January and to allow Phil’s realtor to market and sell the property between now and the date they leave."

Fisher also confirmed that Collins’ priceless collections, including his Alamo artifacts and music memorabilia, will be retrieved from the house. Cevey’s lawsuit claiming a 50 percent interest in the Miami estate, however, will continue.

"…We have no doubt that it too will come to a quick and conclusive end once the judge hears the true facts about what occurred," Fisher’s statement concluded.

Nearly two weeks ago, Miami-Dade County Court Judge Stephanie Silver ruled that an impartial third party would enter Collins’ Miami home to inventory both Collins’ and Cevey’s items, including the Alamo collection.

At the time of the ruling, Silver also kicked the issue of Cevey residing in the house to a higher court with a new judge; however, on Friday, hearings scheduled for Monday, Nov. 2 and Tuesday, Nov. 3, were canceled as a result of the partial settlement.

In Collins’ lawsuit, the "In the Air Tonight" crooner claimed Cevey and Bates took control of the property "by a show of force" with armed guards who are surrounding the property. He also claimed that the new couple changed the home’s security codes.

Collins and Cevey were married from 1999-2008. They share two sons together, Nicholas, 19, and Matthew, 15.

© Page Six, by Francesca Bacardi

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