Though divorce is rarely a good news story – especially when celebrities are involved – there’s a reason to cheer Supermodel Christie Brinkley and ex-hubby Peter Cook, who reached an out of court settlement over the weekend mere hours before their acrimonious trial was slated to begin.
Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook split in 2008, but have since battled in the courts, via the press, and on social media over finances, and some hurt feelings over allegedly rude emails.
Still, while the settlement is good news for everyone – especially the former couples’ two children – they aren’t about to have a divorce party.
“In a late-night settlement, I finally won the right to establish boundaries with provisions such as an intermediary to deal with email bullying, verbal and emotional abuse,” wrote Christie Brinkley on Facebook, who also referred to the last few years of her life as “an odyssey of frustration” that forced her to pay an “emotional toll which can only be measured in tears.”
For his part, Cook was also claiming victory over the forces of marital evil.
“Ms. Brinkley has publicly stated that Mr. Cook was attempting to extort money from her but this settlement demonstrates it was she who was wrongfully attempting to extort money from him,” commented Peter Cook’s lawyer James Winkler. “The settlement we reached proves Ms. Brinkley’s claims were baseless and that a hearing would have only proved to be a further embarrassment for her. I hope this settlement will temper Ms. Brinkley’s public harassment of him going forward and that she will seek appropriate help to deal with her anger.”
Plus, in a move that should win the litigants, the lawyers and judge awards for proactive thinking, the settlement has a “no verbal contact” rule that prevents both sides from airing their grievances in the media or via social media. Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook will also rely on the services of a parental coordinator to help them care for their two children, Sailor and Jack.
“Ms. Brinkley is now mandated to co-parent directly with Mr. Cook and she will be monitored,” wrote Winkler. “It is my hope that through this 3rd party intervention Christie will finally be forced to follow the court-ordered agreements and behave in a manner that is in their children’s best interests.”