Supermodel Christie Brinkley finally settles custody battle with ex-husband… But not before she calls him an 'abusive narcissist' on FacebookThe pair have settled on a 'parenting coordinator,' who will act as an 'abuse intermediary' between the parents
19:51 GMT, 25 June 2012
Supermodel Christie Brinkley and her ex-husband, Hamptons architect Peter Cook, have resolved their legal differences, ending a lengthy custody battle.
In a deal reached over the weekend, the pair, who divorced six-years ago after Mr Cook confessed to an affair with an 18-year-old woman, agreed to a settlement sparing them a public trial previously scheduled for tomorrow.
The deal comes after months of public turmoil between the ex-spouses, who were married for ten years and had one child together, with Ms Brinkley quickly taking to Facebook to label her ex-husband a 'narcissist'.
Supermodel summons: Christie Brinkley (pictured last week outside court) agreed to a settlement sparing the ex-spouses a public trial
Mr Cook's lawyer, Jim Winkley, wrote in a statement obtained by the New York Post: 'In addition to receiving financial compensation for having to address Ms. Brinkley’s frivolous lawsuit against him, Mr. Cook has also secured a parenting coordinator, something he has sought, and Ms. Brinkley has refused, for 4 years.'
Mr Cook, who also adopted Brinkley's 16-year-old son from a previous marriage, said: 'I feel great about the settlement. We got everything we had hopes for.'
Ms Brinkley, meanwhile, took to her Facebook page to offer her own official statement of the settlement.
She wrote earlier today: '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, and at a cost
to families that CAN be calculated in dollars. But its the emotional
toll which can only be measured in tears that must be considered by the
courts and media alike.'
She continued: 'It has been an
odyssey of frustration as I have navigated the court system with one
goal to find peace and protection for my family from the various forms
of abuse at the hands of a narcissist.'
New wife: Peter Cook and recently wed Suzanne Shaw, who was also present last week before the settlement
This heated public back-and-fourth exchange is one of many over recent months, with both parties turning to the press to attack one another.
In March, Mr Cook told ABC News that Brinkley publicly 'castrated' him and threw the family 'under the bus' to generate publicity for her return to Broadway in Chicago.
Speaking to the New York Daily News, Ms Brinkley accused her ex-husband of plotting a 'smear campaign' against her and 'intimidation,' following his 91-page court filing that alleged she owed him money.
In November, Brinkley filed court documents claiming Mr Cook sent her 'aggressive emails' and failed to pay child support.
'My goal is to protect my family from the abuse at the hands of a narcissist'
She sought $140,000 in fines and $32,000 for the children, and Mr Cook demanded $200,000 for similar accusations.
The two sides then visited a Long Island courtroom last Friday, where Mr Cooks new wife, Suzanne Shaw, was also present.
He said he wed Ms Shaw in February this year without telling Ms Brinkley , because she 'would drag it into her black hole of revenge and hate like she does everything else good in my life.'
According to the New York Post, Ms Brinkley turned to Ms Shaw at the courtroom last Friday, saying: 'When you find out he’s been cheating on you, I'll be here for you.'
Ms Shaw apparently retorted: 'Come up with a new line.'
Howard Bragman, and ABC consultant, said: 'Their children will suffer the most because despite Mr Cook's and Ms Brinkley's intentions to protect them, they are still in the middle of two parents who hate each other.'