Brinkley reaches settlement with ex
Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook arrive at a UNICEF fundraiser in January, 1998. (QMI Agency)
Supermodel Christie Brinkley has avoided a court showdown with her ex-husband Peter Cook after reaching a settlement agreement with him.
Brinkley has been locked in a bitter child support battle with her former partner ever since they divorced in 2008 following Cook's alleged affair with a teenage store clerk - and their fight has turned ugly in recent months, with both parties accusing the other of leading a public smear campaign.
During a hearing in a Long Island courthouse on Friday, the former couple was urged to resolve the issue for the sake of its kids, Jack, 17, and 13-year-old Sailor, in a bid to avoid a trial on Tuesday - and now the drama appears to be over.
In a post on her Facebook.com page on Monday, Brinkley reveals, "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.
"I am hopeful the steps taken will now protect my Constitutional right to quiet enjoyment and peace and serve as a template for the courts to help others avoid the lengthy trials and tribulations that cost taxpayers money."
A lawyer for Cook, who now has a new wife, was also celebrating on Monday, claiming his client had "secured a parenting coordinator" as part of the settlement agreement - something Brinkley's legal representatives have contested.
A further statement on the beauty's Facebook page, made by her own lawyer, reads, "There was never an appointment of a 'parent coordinator' as Mr. Cook claims, and there was absolutely no compensation paid to Mr. Cook. In addition, Mr. Cook was forced to pay his child support arrears rather than face the consequences of the Court."