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Christie Brinkley Finally Reaches Settlement In Divorce Case

Former supermodel Christie Brinkley (photosChristie Brinkley photos)'s sensational divorce to her fourth husband ended abruptly on Thursday with a settlement.

Her spokeswoman announced the news in a statement and said the settlement was made for the good of the children: "After five days of trial and for the sake of their children."

An smiling Brinkley told reporters the settlement was "a very bittersweet moment," and said while it was "the death of a marriage", it was also a "new start for all of us and I'm very pleased with the results today."

"I was here fighting for custody," she said. "I think a mother's greatest fear is somebody trying to take her children, trying to take custody of her children. That's what I was up against. And so I've won custody and decision-making, and that's really all I ever wanted."

Well, maybe not all she wanted. Brinkley will also retain all of the couple's properties, including 18 of them in the Hamptons, and luxury boats although she has agreed to pay ex-husband Peter Cook $2.1 million as part of the agreement.

When asked whether she has any regrets about the trial, Brinkley said: "I really didn't have a choice. I was trying to settle the day I learned about the absolute truth about the facts," referring to the extent of her husband's affair with a teen employee and his porn habit. "I wanted to settle but unfortunately we could not reach an agreement until this morning."

July 11, 2008 |

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