Brinkley Ex Stops Payments to Mistress

Cook claims Bianchi broke confidentiality; her reps threaten suit over sex tapes
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2008 11:22 AM CDT
Peter Cook arrives at New York State Supreme Court in Central Islip for his divorce trial against Christie Brinkley on July 2, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – It appears Peter Cook’s ex-lover may not get the last third of her settlement, the New York Post reports, and her lawyers are to blame. Diana Bianchi, the teen whose affair with Cook led to his divorce from Christie Brinkley, signed a deal promising $300,000 as long as she kept quiet. But with sex tapes floating around, Bianchi's lawyers have threatened to sue.

Cook's reps say the lawsuit threat breaks the settlement's confidentiality clause and that “the existence of the tapes and the circumstances surrounding their making” was part of the 2007 deal. They also contend Bianchi or her reps were prohibited from disparaging Cook—just what one of her lawyers did after his interview with Barbara Walters earlier this month. (Read more Peter Cook stories.)