Christie Brinkley wants ex-husband Peter Cook fined for harassing her
Although their marriage ended nearly four years ago, Christie Brinkley claimed in court that she is still getting harassed by ex-husband Peter Cook.
Brinkley, 58, reportedly wants a judge to fine Cook $140,000 for harassing her via email, according to the New York Daily News. Brinkley's lawyer told the newspaper that in 2009 a judge ordered Cook be fined $5,000 every time his alleged abuse via email occurred.
In November, Brinkley filed court papers accusing her 53-year-old ex of violating the order 28 times and wanted him fined $140,000. She also wanted an additional $32,000 from Cook for educational costs of their kids, 13-year-old Sailor and 16-year-old Jack - who is Brinkley's son with ex-husband Richard Taubman and was later adopted by Cook.
Her divorce with Cook made headlines when Cook admitted to having an affair with his assistant, who was 18-years-old at the time. He also reportedly had an online pornography habit, according to People.
Brinkley has been married four times - to artist Jean-François Allaux, Billy Joel, real estate developer Taubman and most recently to Cook, an architect. Brinkley and Cook finalized their divorce in October 2008.
"This is not about the money. This is about what we're calling bullying," Brinkley's lawyer, Tom Campagna said.
Cook in turn, is asking Brinkley be fined for $200,000 claiming the former model has been harassing him as well. Cook's lawyer, James Winkler, released a statement on March 5 about the legal battle.
"Brinkley now uses Mr. Cook's response to her motion to generate attention for herself in advance of her return to Broadway regardless of the impact on her children," Winkler said in his statement to the newspaper, referring to Brinkley reprising her role as Roxie Hart in "Chicago" in April.
Winkler also said, "This is the work of a second-rate celebrity starved for attention."
Cook filed a 91-page court claim in late February asking for Brinkley to pay him $25,000 for expenses he had while caring for their children for five months while she performed in "Chicago," according to a previous report by the New York Post.
The former model opened up in a July interview with The UK newspaper The Telegraph about her past marriages and how she realized she will never walk down the aisle ever again.
"I can now say unequivocally I would never get married again. There's absolutely no reason to. I learnt in my divorce that marriage is ridiculous," she told the newspaper when asked about her past marriages. "You take a vow but you don't get brownie points when you honor your vow and the other person doesn't."
"The court doesn't recognize that. It's like, 'All right now, let's see how we're going to divvy up the kids.' Well, obviously, the one that didn't break the vows should be the role model. But no," she added.
In December, it was reported that Brinkley owed $531,000 in back taxes. Brinkley said in a statement on December 6, that she would repay the money she owed in full immediately.