Phil Collins To Be Questioned Under Oath Over Claims He Didn’t Shower For Months
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Phil Collins is set to be questioned under oath in regard to claims by his ex-wife that he didn't shower or brush his teeth for a year.
Orianne Bates, who shares two sons with Collins, made allegations that the singer abused alcohol and prescription drugs as well as claiming he didn't shower or brush his teeth for months.
In papers filed by Bates and seen by the Daily Mail, it was claimed: "He stopped showering, brushing his teeth and dressing properly (in fact, he did not shower or brush his teeth from 2019 until August 2020 when he vacated [their Miami Beach home])."
Collin's lawyers said the claims were 'scandalous, scurrilous, unethical and, for the most part, patently false or grossly exaggerated' and branded them 'totally immaterial' to the case.
Now Collins is set to take part in a filmed deposition where he will be questioned over the claims as part of the former couple's legal dispute over their Florida mansion.
Bates, who has since remarried, claims Collins verbally promised her half.
Collins had tried to stop his ex-wife from suing him for half of their former home, but the legal battle is now going forward and the deposition will go ahead later this year.
Her lawyer, Richard Wolfe told the Daily Mail: "I have spoken with Phil's counsel and anticipate his deposition sometime in December after his current tour.
'We have always been ready and willing to discuss a resolution. Orianne has warm feelings for Phil as they have children together and she only wants what is fair and reasonable, and what Phil agreed to."
In a statement to the Mirror back in January this year, Jeffrey Fisher, attorney for Collins, said: "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.
"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.
"Further, Phil Collins' priceless collection of music memorabilia and artefacts from the Alamo will be retrieved within days.
"Mrs Bates' lawsuit claiming a 50 percent interest in the house based upon an alleged oral agreement will continue, but 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."
Collins and Bates got hitched in 1999 but split seven years later. They reunited in 2016, but their second shot was short-lived and they decided to split once again.
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