Peter Cook's lawyer calls the supermodel's testimony "outrageously untrue"

By Kathy Ehrich Dowd and Emmet Sullivan
Updated July 07, 2008 05:35 PM
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Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook’s divorce proceedings took another nasty turn on Monday as the former supermodel accused her estranged husband of manhandling their children.

“At times he was too strong, too overwhelming with his use of force,” she testified as the trial entered its custody phase. She added, that Cook got too rough with the kids “about a dozen times.”

Brinkley, 54, and Cook, 49, are fighting over the custody of their two children, Jack, 13, and Sailor, 10. Brinkley told the courtroom that she was concerned with Cook’s “use of force” with the children.

After the proceeding ended for the day, Cook’s lawyer Norman Sheresky told PEOPLE that Brinkley’s assertions are “outrageously untrue and completely belied by all her cards and interviews.”

Norman was referring to heartfelt poems and letters that Brinkley admitted sending to her husband, as well as past press interviews where she spoke positively about Cook.

During her second day of testimony in an already hostile divorce trial, Brinkley told a story about how she once saw Cook forcing Jack up the stairs. She followed them, trying to get Cook to stop.

“He’d say, ‘oh come on, he’s just faking it’ if Jack would say ‘oh my arm hurts’ or something like that,” Brinkley said.

Brinkley says she used a time-out approach to discipline and tried to get Cook to do the same, but he wouldn’t listen.

“I observed that Peter would follow some of the basic rules but then regress to an angry, demanding demeanor,” she testified.

Last week, Brinkley’s daughter Alexa, 20, with singer Billy Joel, told the court Cook once shoved her head into a bucket of water and pushed her down stairs. Cook denied the claims.