Latest update from this morning's proceedings:
Christie gave an emotional testimony of her devastation on the day she found out about Cooks's affair. Brinkley friend and Today correspondent took the stand and recalled Christie's heartbreak. During a court break, Peter scoffed at Christie's testimony, "Shrek was more believable than that." Brinkley will be cross-examined once the trial resumes.
Peter detailed his affair in front of a tearful Christie, as well as admitted to paying Diana $300,000 last year to keep her quiet. Alexa recalled Peter's violent temper and cited an incident where he shoved her head into a bucket of water. See the highlights in the below clip of the Today Show.
Christie's best friend, Jill Rappaport, who introduced the couple, is scheduled to testify today. We'll continue to update you as details from the trial are released.
The model mom's heated divorce trial begins.
Brinkley said she's always tried to settle the matter privately but now just wants the truth to come out. Cook previously admitted to an affair with his teenage assistant, Diana Bianchi, who has been subpoenaed to testify. He also is said to have cheated on Brinkley with Carri Lyn Ciamarra, a 31-year-old fitness model who has also been called to testify.
Cook wants full custody of the children--who he sees every other weekend--claiming that Ms. Brinkley employs nannies to look after them. According to the NY Post, a source close to Cook said it will be alleged that Brinkley left the dirty work of parenting to nannies and was more concerned with primping for public appearances.
Alexa Ray Joel, 22, the daughter of Brinkley and Billy Joel, will be called to testify about Cook's "constant criticism," said Brinkley's attorney Robert Stephan Cohen. How will the very public trial and mud-slinging affect Alexa and their other two children--Jack, 12, and Sailor, 10--as Cook and Brinkley battle it out for custody?
Divorce recovery coach Suzy Brown, author of Radical Recovery: Transforming the Despair of Your Divorce into Unexpected Good , says, "This type of vitriolic public expression is very harmful for kids," she says. "Getting revenge rarely works. It's very detrimental for the kids when all this negativity is out there for everyone to see."
Remember, she says: No matter how you feel about your ex, he's still the father of your children. "Spewing all the hatred is damaging to your children because he is still your kid's parent, no matter what," says Brown, who was divorced in 2000 and is a mother of four. She says parents' public battles can stress a kid out, strain their relationship with both parents, and damage their self-esteem.
But, on the flip side, Brinkley is standing up for herself and fighting for her children--which could actually be setting a good example, depending on how you look at it.
How do you think this court battle will affect Brinkley's kids?