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Model Christie Brinkley walked away from a brutal divorce trial agreeing to pay $2.1 million to her ex-husband, Peter Cook, whose dirty laundry was aired in court in testimony describing his affair with a teenage assistant and how he ponied up $300,000 to keep her from tellling anyone.
And so it may come as little surprise that Brinkley, 54, a 1980s magazine glamour queen who has been married four times, has no plans to head back to the altar.
“I’m not going to marry again,” Brinkley told the New York Post in a story published online on Friday.
“I know too much about the marriage laws and divorce laws,” she said. “Getting married again would not be a very intelligent thing to do.”
Cook will probably be remembered as Brinkley’s most notorious husband, after five days of testimony that revealed his $3,000-a-month porn habit and the lengths he went to keep his affair with then 18-year-old Diana Bianchi a secret.
The New York Post reported that Brinkley’s estate is worth an estimated $60 million, and that she gets to keep her 18 houses in the divorce settlement.
Brinkley, who was photographed in stylish clothes as she came and left the courtroom, said there was one good reason to settle the case.
“I was down to my last outfit!” she joked. “It had to end.”
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis)
It was the fourth day in the widely-watched divorce and child custody trial between Brinkley, 54, and Peter Cook, 49. Psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Herman tesitifed that Brinkley should get custody of their two kids – 13-year-old Jack and 10-year-old Sailor Lee — because Cook displayed poor judgment when he engaged in an extra-marital affair with a teenager, according to various news reports.
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.