Comedian Chris Rock mocked Donald Trump during his opening monologue on Saturday Night Live saying, ‘My heart goes out to COVID’ following the president’s diagnosis.
The show’s Season 46 premiere hit the ground running with jabs at the president, who is being treated for COVID-19 at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Maryland.
‘President Trump’s in the hospital from COVID and you know, I just want to say my heart goes out to COVID,’ Rock, 55, joked as the small live crowd laughed.
Rock explained how the show took extra precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus, which has infected more than 7million people in the US and killed more than 209,000.
Comedian Chris Rock mocked Donald Trump during his opening monologue on Saturday Night Live, saying, ‘My heart goes out to COVID’ following the president’s diagnosis
Rock opened the show’s 46th season premiere on Saturday, stepping on stage with a mask on. He poked fun at the show’s coronavirus precautions saying, ‘I haven’t had so much stuff up my nose since I shared a dressing room with Chris Farley!’
Rock spoke before a small live audience of first responders who cheered and clapped
‘There are so many protocols. Everybody in the audience has been checked and all week I’ve had things going up my nose every day I come in here,’ Rock said.
‘I haven’t had so much stuff up my nose since I shared a dressing room with Chris Farley!’ he added, referring to the late comedian and SNL alumn.
Rock expressed dismay over the country’s politics, calling for the end of the presidency altogether.
He quipped Joe Biden ‘should be the last president ever’ and ‘we need a whole new system’.
‘I mean, what job do you have for four years no matter what? Just show me one job. Like, if you hired a cook and he was making people vomit every day. Do you sit there and go, “Well, he’s got a four-year deal. We just gotta vomit for four more years.”
He joked that being the president of the US has more relaxed qualifications than a game show does.
‘I mean, to be the president of the United States, all you have to be is 35 and born in the United States,’ Rock said.
Trump pictured working in the Presidential Suite at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on Saturday
On Saturday Dr. Sean Conley, Trump’s physician, shared a press conference where he muddled the timeline of the president’s COVID-19 diagnosis and treatment
A view of the Walter Reed Medical Center above
In Staten Island, New York locals prayed for Trump’s health following his COVID-19 diagnosis
‘There should be some rules to being the president. You realize there’s more rules to a game show than running for president? Like, Donald Trump left a game show to run for president because it was easier,’ he joked.
‘You can’t just throw your son on Jeopardy, or your son-in-law. Steve Harvey can’t put his family on Family Feud,’ pointing to how Trump filled the White House with his family members such as Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner as advisors.
Rock threw jabs across the aisle criticizing Democrats saying, ‘Do the Democrats even want to win?’
‘The Democrats just keep putting up 75-year-old people to run against Trump,’ he joked.
He ended his monologue urging viewers to vote in the election, just one month away.
‘Hey, we’ve got to take this serious. We’ve got to get out there, we’ve got to vote,’ he said.
The cold open saw Alec Baldwin reprise his role as President Trump and Jim Carrey debut as Joe Biden to spoof last week’s tumultuous presidential debate in Cleveland
Carrey debuted his Biden impression. When he came out on stage, he sported Biden’s signature aviator sunglasses
Alec Baldwin returned to Saturday Night Live for the premiere of its 46th season and reprised his role as President Trump. In the image above, the president brags about his ‘mask’, which is really a pair of pink thong underwear
‘But they don’t want us to vote. The government does not want you to vote. Why do I know they don’t want you to vote? Because Election Day is a Tuesday in November. If this show was ‘Tuesday Night Live,’ it would have got canceled in 1975,’ he added.
The political punches rolled throughout Saturday evening’s show.
The cold open saw Alec Baldwin reprise his role as President Trump and Jim Carrey debut as Joe Biden to spoof last week’s tumultuous presidential debate in Cleveland.
In the sketch Biden received meditation guidance from Harry Styles to keep his anger in check, Trump brought out a pink thong which he said was his face mask, Trump steamrolled over helpless moderator Chris Wallace and Kamala Harris, played by Maya Rudolph, scolded both candidates as if they were children.
The actual debate was slammed by political pundits, critics and viewers alike as the worst debate in American history for its chaotic nature, filled with interjections and insults as moderator Wallace was unable to mute the candidates’ microphones.
Beck Bennett portrayed the hapless Chris Wallace who struggled to gain control of the first presidential debate on Tuesday
Harris then appears to bring order to the out-of-control debate, while remarking that America needs a ‘WAP – woman as president’
In the sketch Wallace asks Trump to keep quiet and he responds: ‘Tell that to my adderall, Chris.’
‘Now let’s get this show on the road and off the rails.’
In the sketch, Biden brags that he has ’46 fantastic ideas that I may or may not have access to’ – a reference to the perceived cognitive decline that has led some to question if the 77-year-old former vice president is too old to serve as commander-in-chief.
In the SNL sketch, Trump expresses his excitement for his Supreme Court nominee, ‘Amy Cristina Barcelona.’
In real life, the nominee’s name is Amy Coney Barrett. The SNL sketch had Trump’s character confuse her name with the title of the 2008 Woody Allen film Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
‘It was so nice to welcome her with open arms and uncovered faces,’ the SNL parody version of Trump says in the sketch.
The joke was a reference to the White House reception for Coney Barrett held last Saturday, an event which is now thought to be the ‘super spreader’ that may have resulted in COVID-19 infections of several who attended.
Towards the end of the sketch Carrey playing Biden pulled out a remote control and paused the president, muting him.
‘I think we all needed a break. Isn’t that satisfying? Just to not hear his voice for a single goddamn second,’ he quipped as the live audience cheered.
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Coronavirus UK: SAGE TOLD government to enforce circuit breakers
Scientific advisers claimed a single two-week lockdown, which they first pleaded with ministers to implement in September, would not be enough to stem infections for the whole of winter.
It would probably need to be imposed twice over the space of a few months to keep the country ticking over until a vaccine is ready, researchers at University of Warwick told the Government.
This is because the effects of the intervention would start to fade after a month or two and infections would start to creep up again.
The revelation emerged in SAGE papers presented to the Government this autumn to help steer ministers through the crisis.
Other documents handed to Number 10 and released today revealed 90 per cent of Brits are now catching the coronavirus from strangers.
During the first wave of the epidemic, the vast majority of people were catching it from loved ones and household transmission was rife.
Among the other documents made public today:
We won’t need just one circuit breaker, but SEVERAL, SAGE said
SAGE has been pleading with the Government to consider a two-week lockdown since mid-September, after cases began creeping up when lockdon was eased in August.
The experts first highlighted that an immediate ‘circuit breaker’ was the best way to control cases at a meeting on September 21.
SAGE WARNED MORE MEASURES WERE NEEDED A MONTH BEFORE THEY CAME IN
The Government’s expert advisers said that coronavirus infections and hospital admissions were exceeding the worse case scenario planning levels at least a month before Boris Johnson announced the three-tier system of restrictions.
A document from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) summarising the SAGE meeting on September 17, SAGE said: ‘The current situation continues to reflect the Reasonable Worst-Case Scenario (RWCS).
‘Medium-term projections indicate a rapid increase in hospital admissions in the coming weeks, and in a scenario where there were no interventions, this would have the potential to overwhelm the NHS.’
Later in the SAGE meeting on October 8, scientists said incidence and prevalence across the UK continue to increase with data showing ‘clear increases’ in hospital and ICU admissions, particularly in the North of England.
The paper said projections indicate the number of deaths is ‘highly likely’ to exceed Reasonable Worst Case Scenario (RWCS) planning levels within the next two weeks.
‘Well over 100 new deaths per day are projected to occur within 2 weeks, even if strict new interventions are put in place immediately,’ the document said, adding: ‘In all scenarios the epidemic is still growing.’
Four days after the SAGE meeting, on October 12, the Prime Minister announced England would be placed into ‘medium’, ‘high’ and ‘very high’ alert levels – or Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 – under a new tier system of restrictions aimed at tackling the virus.
Since the three-tier system has been implemented, the number of deaths announced on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard has exceeded 100 on every day except two – and on a couple of days more than 300 deaths were announced.
At a Downing Street press conference that day alongside Mr Johnson, England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty – a member of Sage – said he was ‘not confident’ that the ‘base case’ for Tier 3 proposals ‘would be enough to get on top of it’.
The newly published Sage document comes as the effectiveness of the three-tier system is more widely being called into doubt.
The Government’s scientific advisers have called for the UK to follow in the footsteps of Germany and France and retreat back into a full national shutdown because they say the current three-tiered lockdown system is failing. But top experts say interventions take at least three weeks to take effect.
The tiered system only came into force on October 14, little over two weeks ago.
But today it emerged that SAGE subsequently warned that one circuit breaker would not be enough.
In the 59th meeting of the group, on September 24, SAGE said: ‘While a single circuit breaker has the potential to keep prevalence much lower than no intervention, it is not a long-term solution.
‘Long-term control of the virus will likely require repeated circuit breaks, or for one to be followed by a longer-term period with measures in place to keep R at or below 1.’
But the Prime Minister has been keen to avoid a blanket ban on social mixing, the closure of pubs, restaurants and gyms across England.
Mr Johnson dismissed calls for the measure which he branded ‘miserable’ in the Commons on October 14, insisting his job was to balance the economic and wider interests of the country with the science.
But the PM admitted he will ‘rule out nothing’ in the bid to stop coronavirus but stood by his tiered local lockdown approach in which areas with the highest infection rates face the toughest rules.
He said the three-level local system, which could soon become four, ‘can drive down and will drive down the virus if it is properly implemented’.
But with Wales, Ireland, and other European countries like Germany and France going into lockdowns in the past two weeks, Mr Johnson is facing renewed pressure from his medical officers to impose a nation-wide shutdown.
Senior figures are warning that the UK’s three-tier system is not enough to ‘get on top of the numbers’ before Christmas.
A University of Warwick study, which was officially published by the Government today but widely reported two weeks ago, said a two-week circuit break would have no impact if restrictions were lifted again.
The study, conducted in September, outlined how a short, planned lockdown could stop the UK’s spiralling outbreak in its tracks.
It said that if the growth rate of the virus was five per cent (currently it is about 4 per cent) the action of a two-week circuit breaker ‘is cancelled the following fortnight by two weeks of ‘normal’ behaviour’.
They suggested a ‘two-week on – two-week off strategy to maintain control’ but that this would need to be looked at in more detail.
The team’s findings, which came before October half term, said it was important to do it during a school holiday to minimise disruption to life.
In the paper the experts suggested more than 100,000 British lives could be spared by January in the worst-case scenario if the country shut down over half-term.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick indicated this week the Government has not chosen to use a circuit breaker because it would lead to stop-start lockdowns.
On a round on media interviews on Thursday morning, Mr Jenrick said the Government’s ‘very firm view’ is that a short national ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown would be the wrong approach, saying ‘you can’t have a stop-start country’.
Only 10 per cent of people know how they caught the coronavirus, suggesting most catch it off strangers
Around nine in ten people who get the coronavirus don’t know who they caught it from, according to a SAGE meeting on September 17.
The group noted data from the REACT study, led by Imperial College London, which tracks the outbreak using two waves of swabs from random people in England.
The findings ‘indicate that currently only about 10 per cent of confirmed cases have a known history of exposure to another case, which suggests that much transmission may be through unrecognised contacts’, SAGE discussed in its 57th meeting.
It suggests the majority of transmission occurs in hospitality settings, such as pubs, bars and restaurants, the scientific experts speculated.
‘Long-term control of the virus will likely require repeated circuit breaks, or for one to be followed by a longer-term period with measures in place to keep R at or below 1’, SAGE said in September. However SAGE said today it currently sits at between 1.1 and 1.3 in the UK – representing the situation over the last few weeks
However, they also pointed to PHE data which shows ‘household transmission is currently the most commonly identified route’.
SAGE also said its likely most people don’t know how they got Covid-19 because they were infected by someone who was not showing symptoms, known as asymptomatic.
Taken together, the Government advisors said interventions that limit indoor social mixing will have the greatest effect at stopping the outbreak from growing.
‘No evidence to date’ that BAME are more at risk of Covid-19 due to Vitamin D deficiency
SAGE dismissed rumours that BAME people may be more at risk from Covid-19 due to a deficiency of vitamin D.
At the 59th meeting on September 24, the advisory panel warned: ‘There was no evidence of an effect from vitamin D (on risk of infection) to date.’
There have been fears that a lack of the vitamin – which the body makes through exposure to sunlight – could be a risk factor for Covid-19.
Scientists have theorised this could be why BAME groups have higher odds of getting Covid-19 and have been investigating further.
Officials estimate two in five Britons are deficient between October and April when sunlight levels outside are lower.
But the rate is up to 90 per cent in people with darker skin, such as BAME populations, because it is harder to obtain the vitamin from the sun.
A mountain of studies have suggested the vitamin could help protect people against the worst impacts of the virus.
One study, published last month by Boston University, found Covid-19 patients were 52 per cent less likely to die than when they got enough of the vitamin.
The scientists took blood samples from 235 patients admitted to hospitals in Tehran for Covid-19. Overall, 67 per cent had vitamin D levels below 30 ng/mL.
There isn’t a clear marker for the ideal level of vitamin D, but 30 ng/mL is considered as sufficient.
SAGE instead suggested that other factors could be contributing to higher death rates among minority groups, other than vitamin D.
The group said in the most recently released minutes: ‘Ethnic groups may be at greater risk of infection after having come in contact with the virus, for example due to differences in immune response and nutritional status, which in itself could be related to stress or environmental conditions such as air pollution (differential susceptibility to infection).’
Evidence highlights some minority ethnic groups are overrepresented in health and social care and other key public sector jobs, where they may come into more contact with infected coronavirus people.
Care home residents may be more at risk of catching the virus from staff than patients discharged from hospital
Transmission from care home staff to residents could be a more significant route of coronavirus infection than when residents are discharged from hospital, documents suggests.
SAGE said that for every resident who tests positive for the virus, there were approximately four positive cases among care home staff.
Transmission from care home staff to residents could be a more significant route of coronavirus infection than when residents are discharged from hospital
Minutes from a meeting, dated September 24, also acknowledged the ‘growing evidence’ of the negative mental health and wellbeing impacts of isolation on care home residents and their families.
Experts also warned that cases and outbreaks in care homes were beginning to increase again across the UK.
‘The concurrent ratio of positive tests in care staff to residents was approximately 4:1 (high confidence) suggesting potential staff to resident transmission,’ the document said.
‘Current evidence suggests discharge from hospitals may be less significant, and transmission from staff may be more significant, but quantification is difficult without better data linkage.’
The document said there was evidence of multiple routes of infection into care homes, including direct admission of residents, through staff and through visitors.
‘Understanding the different routes of transmission and their relative impact is critical,’ it added.
The document urged policymakers to balance the negative mental health and wellbeing impacts of isolation on care home residents and their families against the transmission risk.
Testing technology in the future may enable visitors to be rapidly tested for Covid-19 prior to visits, it adds.
In April, it was announced that coronavirus tests will be extended to all residents and staff in care homes – regardless of whether they have symptoms.
Staffing is one of several factors thought to have played a part in the spread of Covid-19 within care homes during the first wave of the pandemic, with employees often working between different sites.
Other factors were said to include the rapid discharge of thousands of hospital patients and struggles to access personal protective equipment (PPE) and regular tests.
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Songbird branded ‘distasteful’ as first look trailer for pandemic drama is released
The first trailer for Songbird, a new drama inspired by COVID-19, was released on Thursday.
The Michael Bay-produced thriller saw Demi Moore and KJ Apa grapple to keep their loved ones safe after an outbreak of the virus COVID-23 in the US.
But despite the action-packed scenes, the film has been met with a barrage of criticism, with many branding it ‘distasteful’ in light of the current coronavirus pandemic.
Outrage: The first trailer for Songbird, a new drama inspired by COVID-19, was released on Thursday, but the film has been slammed by many as ‘distasteful’ in light of current events
Following the release of the first look trailer, people took to social media in their droves to slam the film’s release, with one remarking that those involved should be ‘f**king ashamed of themselves’ as millions of people continue to die and suffer because of the virus.
‘In regards to this #songbird movie…..Michael Bay should’ve read the f**king room because why would we want to watch that?’ tweeted one outraged person.
While another fumed: ‘ Whoever created that new movie #Songbird is sick. Please don’t speak this stuff into existence please nobody wants a a covid-23 bruh.’
‘Everyone involved in this movie, from producers, to actors, to gaffers, and everyone in between, should be f**king ashamed of themselves. You know better. Or at least we thought you did’ ranted a third person.
Backlash: Following the release of the first look trailer, people took to social media in their droves to slam the film’s release
‘Could they not of waited to release this until #COVID was just a distant memory? A bit distasteful & bizarre considering the whole world are still currently living through this’ came the response from a fourth.
‘I knew a shameless “let’s make a fear-mongering quarantine/covid movie” was inevitable but shout out to #Songbird and Michael Bay for not even waiting for the bodies to be cold from the real pandemic before releasing this trash’ a fift tweeted.
Another angry person shared their views, writing: ‘Uuuuuh…the movie we DIDN’t need right now?’
With another seething: ‘Releasing a film about this pandemic while we’re all still living in it is probably one of the most distasteful things I’ve seen in a while. It’s too close to home, too close to our present fears. Some are so incredibly detached from reality.’
Distanced: Bearing stark similarities to the current pandemic, KJ’s Nico interacts with his girlfriend Sara (Sofia Carson) over the phone as she remains indoors to keep from getting the virus
Bearing stark similarities to the current coronavirus pandemic, KJ’s character Nico interacts with his girlfriend Sara (Sofia Carson) over the phone in the trailer, as she remains indoors to keep from getting the virus while he can hang out outdoors as he’s immune.
The couple communicate via FaceTime on their phone, as Sara tells Nico ‘ I miss you. I could kiss you right now’ as he responds: ‘yea well, someday.’
In dramatic scenes, army vehicles and soldiers are seen taking over the city as an ominous voiceover tells those in LA: ‘Curfew is now in effect, all unauthorised citizens must stay indoors.’
The news is not any more cheerful, as a reporter says: ‘Tensions rise as we reach week 233 of lockdown’, while another says ‘a grim new reality emerges… COVID-23 has mutated.’
Apart: Bearing similarities to the current coronavirus pandemic, the couple communicate via FaceTime on their phone, as Sara tells Nico ‘ I miss you. I could kiss you right now’
Drama: In dramatic scenes, army vehicles and soldiers are seen taking over the city as an ominous voiceover tells those in LA: ‘Curfew is now in effect’
Bradley Whitford’s unnamed character is seen exercising at home on a bike before he checks his temperature to make sure he’s ‘normal’ as the ‘virus attacks the brain tissue’ causing numerous issues.
The dangers of the virus are clearly being taken seriously, as armed soldiers are seen stopping KJ’s character in the streets, but before being taken into custody he informs them he’s immune from the virus.
Rather than being brought to hospital to be taken care of if they get the virus, the government are heard warning citizens: ‘All infected Americans are being forced into quarantine tanks.’
Scary: The news is not any more cheerful, as a reporter says: ‘Tensions rise as we reach week 233 of lockdown’, while another says ‘COVID-23 has mutated’
Shock: Rather than being taken to hospital if they get the virus, the government are heard warning citizens: ‘All infected Americans are being forced into quarantine tanks’
Tense: The dangers of the virus are clearly being taken seriously, as armed soldiers are seen stopping KJ’s character in the streets before he tells them he’s immune
In an intense scene, Sara is seen watching from her door as men in hazmat suits try and storm down her neighbour’s door after she’s confirmed to have the virus, before the woman is dragged kicking and screaming to be quarantined.
The danger appears to come close to home, as her mother begins to have a temperature and she tells Nico that he can’t see her and should ‘say goodbye.’
But he refuses to do so, telling her: ‘I’m not letting you give up!’
Frightening: In an intense scene, Sara is seen watching from her door as men in hazmat suits try and storm down her neighbour’s door
Bit much: The woman is dragged kicking and screaming by the people in hazmat suits to be forcefully quarantined
Virus: The danger appears to come close to home, as her mother begins to have a temperature and she tells Nico that he can’t see her and should ‘say goodbye’
Demi is then seen confronting Bradley’s character with a gun in hand, as she says: ‘Sometimes we have to do things we don’t like in life.’
Seemingly in response, KJ’s Nico desperately claims: ‘I want to help the one person in my life that matters to me.’
The film’s trailer then ends on a grim note with a message that reflects recent calls to stay healthy amid the COVID-19 outbreak, as one character says: ‘Remember stay sane, safe, and sanitised.’
Earlier this week, director Adam Mason discussed the show’s inspiration with Entertainment Weekly, as he said: ‘It’s a dystopian, scary world, but it’s a romantic movie about two people who want to be together, but they can’t.
Supportive: KJ refuses to do so, telling her: ‘I’m not letting you give up!’
Doing what he can: KJ’s Nico desperately claims: ‘I want to help the one person in my life that matters to me’
Tough decisions: Demi is then seen confronting Bradley’s character with a gun in hand, as she says: ‘Sometimes we have to do things we don’t like in life’
‘It’s Romeo and Juliet, but they’re separated by her front door and by the virus.
Having created the film with his script-writing partner Simon Boyes, with filming taking place over just 17 days, Adam went on: ‘We were kind of trepidatious, but still very much amped and excited to get to work.
‘It was really eerie, but the way we shot was every actor’s dream.’
A release date has yet to be revealed for Songbird, and it’s also not been confirmed whether the film will be released in cinemas or on-demand.
Similarities: The film’s trailer ends on a grim note with a message that reflects recent calls to stay healthy in the pandemic, as one character says: ‘Remember stay sane, safe, and sanitised’
Storyline: Earlier this week, director Adam Mason discussed the show’s inspiration and said it was ‘Romeo and Juliet, but they’re separated by her front door and by the virus’
Coming soon: A release date has yet to be revealed for Songbird, and it’s also not been confirmed whether the film will be released in cinemas or on-demand
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Phil Collins and ex-wife reach ‘partial settlement’ in battle to remove her from his Miami mansion
Phil Collins and his ex-wife have reached a ‘partial settlement’ in the bitter battle to remove her and her new husband from the singer’s Miami mansion, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.
Collins, 69, insists former flame Orianne Cevey-Collins has no right to live in his palatial waterfront property with her new husband Thomas Bates, 31, and sued to have her kicked out.
But after the trio came face to face for the first time on Friday in mediation talks held via Zoom, they reached a tentative agreement that could see her leave the $40m home in exchange for a financial settlement.
A well-placed source told DailyMail.com that an official statement will be issued from both camps later today, confirming the breakthrough.
A court case scheduled for Monday through Tuesday at Miami Dade Circuit Court has also been cancelled though our source did not rule out future legal moves should the agreement collapse.
Phil Collins and his ex-wife have reached a ‘partial settlement’ in the bitter battle to remove her and her new husband from the singer’s Miami mansion, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal
The musician sought an injunction this month to have Cevey and her husband kicked out of his palatial waterfront home in Miami Beach, Florida. Pictured in 2016
But after the trio came face to face for the first time on Friday in mediation talks held via Zoom, they reached a tentative agreement that could see her leave the $40m home in exchange for a financial settlement. Pictured: Cevey and Bates
Despite splitting from Collins and remarrying, jewelry designer Orianne, 46, claimed the mansion is just as much her home as his under a ‘verbal cohabitation agreement’ and wanted $20m to leave
Despite splitting from Collins and remarrying, jewelry designer Orianne, 46, claimed the mansion is just as much her home as his under a ‘verbal cohabitation agreement’ and wanted $20m to leave.
Collins, currently in London rehearsing for an upcoming Genesis reunion, sought an injunction that would have allowed him to send in cops to physically remove the couple.
However he softened his stance earlier this week and agreed instead to go into formal mediation.
Collins launched his drastic legal action earlier this month ago after calling it quits with Orianne for the second time. The pair married in 1999 and had two sons, Nicholas, 19, and Matthew, 15, before splitting seven years later.
Despite agreeing to a record $47m divorce settlement they surprised the world in 2016 when they announced they were back together and living in the Miami home, which Collins purchased through an LLC.
However the relationship ended, seemingly for good, when he discovered Orianne had ‘secretly’ married Bates in Las Vegas on August 2.
According to court filings, the Against All Odds crooner left in a hurry for Switzerland and gave the couple until October 12 to pack their bags and move so he could put the plush property up for sale.
When they failed to leave, Collins sued Orianne for unlawful detainer and forcible entry, accusing the pair of hiring armed guards, covering over security cameras and changing alarm codes to seize the house ‘by a show of force.’
Orianne (left) takes a smoke break during a court hearing on Wednesday. Orianne’s new beau Bates is pictured outside the court, right
Collins bought the home after he and Cevey rekindled their romance in 2015, following their 2008 split. Orianne made a counterclaim for $20 million who claims the house is just as much hers through an ‘oral agreement’
The newlyweds hit back with their own filing, dismissing the allegations as ‘nothing more than a retaliation’ to the new marriage and a ‘shameful story’ that Collins had ‘fabricated’.
Orianne argues that she surrendered a $20m stake in her previous Miami home by getting a ‘quickie divorce’ from her previous husband, Charles Mejjati.
She picked out and jointly furnished the waterfront mansion, paid her share of the bills for five years and had an ‘oral co-habitation agreement’ with Collins that entitled her and their two sons to be there, according to her filing.
Orianne also claims to have informed Collins about her marriage to Bates after making multiple attempts to talk about their ‘deteriorating relationship’ which she maintains he was unwilling to address.
The mother-of-three admits covering over security cameras but alleges that this was because Collins had 20 secret devices installed around the $12,000 sq ft residence to spy on her, including in her bathroom and changing room.
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
The mother-of-three admits covering over security cameras but alleges that this was because Collins had 20 secret devices installed around the $12,000 sq ft residence to spy on her, including in her bathroom and changing room. Inside the home, Collins has left behind memorabilia and unpublished music, as well as millions of dollars worth of jewelry
Inside the home, Collins has left behind memorabilia and unpublished music, as well as millions of dollars worth of jewelry
‘These cameras were installed without my knowledge or consent. I covered these cameras with Band-Aids in order to preserve my privacy and the privacy of my children in the Family Home,’ Orianne said in her filing.
‘I was greatly disturbed and outraged that Mr Collins apparently requested that hidden cameras be installed in these rooms.’
Orianne insists that having to leave the house would be especially unfair on her youngest son – a nine-year-old referred to in court documents only as A.A. – with whom she shares custody with Miami-based Mejjati.
Because her counterclaim for an ‘equitable interest’ in the home would likely exceed the maximum of $30,000 that can be awarded in the county courts, a judge decided last week to move it- to circuit court.
The development put Collins’ filling at the back of a long line of pending cases with court closures and pandemic restrictions expected to delay jury trials by a year or longer.
That left the British rock star – worth an estimated $300m – having to choose between paying his ex-wife off for the second time or facing off with her in a bitter, drawn-out court battle.
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