The supermodel and Peter Cook will meet in court on July 2

By Kathy Ehrich Dowd
Updated June 03, 2008 05:40 PM

Christie Brinkley and her estranged husband Peter Cook will resolve their contentious divorce through a trial beginning July 2, a Long Island judge ruled Tuesday.

The supermodel and architect – whose alleged affair with then-teenager Diana Bianchi became public nearly two years ago – were both in a Suffolk County courtroom for the tense conference but carefully avoided eye contact. Brinkley texted on her cell phone in court. Later, she and Cook both waited for their lawyers to emerge from closed-door sessions with Judge Mark Cohen.

The two appeared stone-faced during open court when the judge discussed the issues to be addressed at trial, including custody of their children, child support and distribution of assets, which includes several homes, three boats – including a yacht named Sweet Freedom – seven watches and even a model airplane.

Brinkley flashed a smile as she walked out of the courtroom. Her only words to reporters were “it was heartening” when asked how she felt about the supportive greeting she received from people as she entered the courthouse.

When asked how she felt about the day’s court appearance her lawyer, Robert Stephan Cohen, jumped in and said, “We are looking forward to finishing this so Ms. Brinkley can go on.”

Cook’s lawyer, Norman Sheresky, simply told reporters, “everything went fine” as he and Cook exited court.

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