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Christie Brinkley’s tough two days in court
It’s been a tough two days in divorce court for model Christie Brinkley, an icon of 1980s glamour, and her estranged husband, Peter Cook. The two were married in 1996, and their divorce proceeding is in a Long Island, New York court to resolve child custody issues.
Brinkley has accused husband Cook of cheating on her with a teenager and being hooked on porn in a New York trial that has elicited tearful testimony from each and an appearance from Brinkley’s daughter, Alexa, from her former marriage to singer Billy Joel.
Brinkley, 54, said on the witness stand on Thursday that her architect husband’s infidelity left her feeling raw. “I think a certain amount of anger is perfectly normal,” Brinkley said, in testimony cited by the New York Daily News.
“After all, I supported this man for almost 10 years. He never paid for a single thing. He lived a wonderful life. And all the while he was carrying on like this behind my back.”
Brinkley and Cook (that’s them at left) have battled over custody of their children since it was revealed in 2006 that Cook, 49, had cheated on Brinkley with his then 18-year-old assistant, Diana Bianchi. Brinkley said on the stand on Thursday that she first learned of the affair from Bianchi’s father, when he told Brinkley about the affair at a high school commencement ceremony in Southhampton, Long Island, in 2006.
“My world was completely shattered,” she said on the stand, according to the New York Post.
On the first day of the divorce trial on Wednesday, Cook admitted to the affair in his testimony and to having been hooked on Internet pornography. It was revealed that Cook paid Bianchi $20,000 to type magazine articles onto his company’s Web site, and he once deposited cash for the teenager under a rock outside Brinkley’s mansion. In all, Cook gave Bianchi $300,000 to keep the affair quiet.
Brinkley’s lawyer claimed Cook spent $3,000 a month on pornographic Web sites.
Alexa Joel, 20, testified on Wednesday that Cook once punished her by shoving her head in a bucket of water, according to People magazine. “He would constantly be picking on her,” Brinkley said in comments quoted by People. “It got worse and worse over the years.” Under cross examination, Cook denied having put Alexa’s head into a bucket.
Brinkley’s marriage to Billy Joel, 59, whose hits include “Piano Man” and “Uptown Girl,” lasted from 1985 to 1994. As a model, Brinkley has appeared on more than 500 magazine covers.