Always composed and dignified, Christie Brinkley broke down in court as she described finding out about her asshole husband's affair with teenage slut
Gorgeous Christie Brinkley, 54, leaves court with her lawyer
Christie Brinkley broke down in tears yesterday as she told a court how her life 'vanished' on the day she learned her husband was cheating on her with an 18-year-old employee.
The 54-year-old former supermodel was at a school graduation ceremony in June 2006 when the teen's stepfather tapped her on the shoulder and told her: 'That husband of yours won't knock it off. He's having an affair with my teenage daughter.'
Sobbing, Miss Brinkley said she looked at her husband Peter Cook,
sitting in the front row of the graduation ceremony,
where she was a guest speaker, and thought:
'My God, it's true. He did do that."
'His face was so tense. He was saying "no".
I knew from his face.
It explained the feelings I'd been trying not to feel.'
She said that was the day 'my life as I knew it had vanished.
That was also the day that my world was completely shattered'.
Christie and her lawyer leave court
Repulsive puke Peter Cook tearfully admitted to "pleasuring himself in front of a webcam," as well as USING Christie's 13 year old son's identity to lure young girls into sex."
"I found conversations of him trying to lure girls saying he would take them shopping, saying he would pay them if he could see their face,' she said.
Asked how she felt about finding out about his porn obsession, she added: 'I felt really stupid. Why didn't I know? Why wasn't I aware of this? I felt humiliated. I felt shattered. I just felt grief-stricken.'
Brinkley claimed Cook threatened to commit suicide several weeks after she discovered his affair.
She said Cook phoned her up in a hysterical state: 'He was sobbing and said he was driving erratically and that, "I'm going to drive into a tree."
'I said, "Pull over. You need help." He said, "No, I'm going to kill myself." Then I spent the rest of the day trying to find a place he could go to get help.'
After a brief cross-examination by Cook's lawyer, Brinkley denied suggestions she was a bitter ex-wife.
She said: 'I think a certain amount of anger would be perfectly normal."
"After all I supported this man for almost ten years, he never paid for a single thing and he lived a wonderful life... all the while he was carrying on like this behind my back. It goes without saying that there was a certain amount of anger.'
Brinkley was giving testimony a day after she came face to face with her estranged husband's former lover Diana Bianchi, now 21, at their divorce hearing in Long Island, New York.
During his evidence on Wednesday, Cook said he had given Bianchi a $300,000 pay-off and had extramarital trysts in his office and Brinkley's Hamptons homes.
Brinkley said yesterday that she told Cook to give her his computer passwords 'if you've got nothing to hide'.
She found emails there from Bianchi (below)
But, in Cook's case, she said he was trying 'to connect with people' in their neighborhood.
It was not a voyeur site. It was a meeting site,' she said. 'It was more than I could bear."
Below, Christie, looking unhappy in public for the first time. Of course, everyone is on her side
Creepy Cook had testified that he and Brinkley used pornography 'to get the mood going'.
Cook's lawyer attacked Brinkley's emotional testimony, referring to her acting background.
Brinkley responded with a laugh, declaring, 'If you want to call me an actress, that's fine. I'm no Meryl Streep, but I have been in a very successful movie.' (Brinkley had a small role in successful 1983 comedy National Lampoon's Vacation.)
Cook met Miss Bianchi while she was working at a Hamptons toy store in 2004.Miss Brinkley cried repeatedly on the stand yesterday as she explained how her once happy marriage fell apart.
The blonde ex-model, who inspired ex-husband Billy Joel's hit Uptown Girl, said she first became suspicious when she found a brunette hair in an unmade bed at an empty house she owned with her husband.
Although he denied having an affair, she said that in the last two years of their decade-long relationship she felt like 'a burden' to him.
Even when she went into hospital with an infection, she said Cook barely seemed to care.
She described returning from the 2006 graduation ceremony at Southampton High School near the couple's mansion in the exclusive Hamptons enclave on Long Island and asking Cook for the car keys for her to drive away and leave him.