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Christie Brinkley, ex-husband reach settlement

The latest legal battle between Christie Brinkley and ex-husband Peter Cook has reached a tentative settlement. And even though it was Cook who had brought the former model to court, it was Brinkley who claimed victory.
/ Source: PEOPLE.com

The latest legal battle between Christie Brinkley and ex-husband Peter Cook has reached a tentative settlement. And even though it was Cook who had brought the former model to court, it was Brinkley who claimed victory.

"Ms. Brinkley is completely vindicated," Peter Caronia, Brinkley's lawyer, says in a statement. "The parties' settlement approved by the judge today does not grant any of the requests in Peter Cook's motion which dragged Ms. Brinkley back to court."

Cook, 50, had requested that Brinkley, 55, undergo anger-management therapy, that a parenting coordinator be assigned for the couple's two children, and that a third party hold the kids' passports. Not one of those requests was granted in the settlement, but Cook said those were minor issues, anyway. "I have one reason I’m here: it’s because she interferes with my time with my children," he tells PEOPLE. "It’s a pattern...If she had been a cooperative parent we could have avoided all this."

"Mr. Cook was successful and got what he wanted, which was more parenting time with his children," Cook's lawyer Steven Kuhn tells PEOPLE. "Ms. Brinkley isn't to interfere with his time with his children."

Under the tentative agreement, Kuhn says, "Ms. Brinkley is under obligation to provide passports to Mr. Cook when necessary. She didn't get what she wanted. All that happened here is that Mr. Cook's parenting time was preserved." He will get makeup time for the time that was lost, according to Kuhn. "He never conducted a smear campaign," Kuhn said. This was all about that she interfered with Jack's trip to Egypt. Had she done what she was required to under two different court orders, Mr. Cook would not have had to come to court."

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Cook, an architect, had accused Brinkley of withholding their 14-year-old son's passport from him so that they'd miss a school trip abroad. Brinkley countered that Cook had refused to pick up the passport when she was late tending to a friend whose mother had died.

Brinkley had accusations of her own, including one that Cook had violated their confidentiality agreement.

"Since Mr. Cook lost the custody battle in the divorce trial, he has staged a relentless smear campaign against Ms. Brinkley," Caronia says. "Mr. Cook has tried repeatedly to tarnish Ms. Brinkley's reputation by making defamatory statements during national television broadcasts, in print media and blogs. Ms. Brinkley chose not to exercise her right to hold Mr. Cook in clear violation of their original confidentiality agreement until Ms. Brinkley was served this unfounded and unwarranted court action at her children's school holiday concert this past December. It was only at that time that she agreed to file her counterclaims which she hereby withdraws today in an effort to put this all behind her.

"For the sake of the children, she is hopeful that Mr. Cook will cease his attacks on the children's mother."