Christie's divorce battle gets dirty
FORMER supermodel Christie Brinkley obviously hasn't forgiven her philandering former husband, Peter Cook.
The couple, who are due in court to hammer out custody issues on July 2, went to New York's supreme court on Thursday in an attempt to settle an escalating argument over whether their case be held in private.
Interestingly Brinkley, 54, is fighting to have the proceedings open to the media - a tactic, sources say, designed to embarrass the 49-year-old architect who two years ago was discovered having an affair with his 18-year-old assistant.
"Only the full and unfiltered truth may restore to Christie and her family their reputation," her lawyer, Robert Cohen said last week, adding: "Frankly, his long affair with a teenaged girl is only the tip of the iceberg."
Sources who have seen some of the files report that Brinkley will accuse Cook of trawling porn sites, including swinger sites, in search of sex partners. He also regularly logged on to swinger sites in search of women, the source claimed.
Cook's attorney is arguing that the emotional damage of airing these complaints publically would be devastating to the couple's two children -- Sailor, 9, and Jack, 12 -- whom Cook legally adopted.
"The father obviously wants this closed," said his lawyer Norman Sheresky. "There are two young kids in this case... I don't know what they know and I don't know of any parent who has made an appeal to keep the court open."
The judge's ruling is expected early next week.
Billy denies Brange talk
BILLY Bob Thornton was probably more surprised than most when he read quotes attributed to him last week.
In a dismissive remark about the relationship between Brad Pitt and his former wife, Angelina Jolie, the actor was quoted as saying: "She is just going through a high-school phase. You know, dating the quarterback of the football team with Brad Pitt over there. She'll be waking up from that dream in no time."
Problem is, according to Thornton, he never said any such thing. The interview has since been removed from AskMen.com.
First Lady fashion fight
WITH Hillary well out of the way, the wives of the two presumptive US presidential candidates -- Cindy McCain, 54, and Michelle Obama, 44 -- are going head-to-head on everything from pantyhose (Cindy wouldn't be caught dead without them; Michelle says you couldn't pay her to wear them) to patriotism.
And last week, after a whirlwind charm offensive trip to Manhattan, Michelle emerged with a clear edge after wowing the nation with a daytime TV appearance wearing a $148 dress that promptly sold out of all 322 branches of the chain-store "White House/Black Market."
The hyper-manicured Mrs McCain, meanwhile, spent quality time inside Oscar de la Renta's Seventh Avenue atelier, reportedly checking out the Autumn 2008 collection.
De la Renta, a favourite of Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton, declined to comment but when asked how long Mrs McCain had been inside, one of the two security agents posted outside the building removed his sunglasses and sighed: "Way too long."
Guess the McCain camp isn't too worried about the blue-collar vote.
Ears to the Obama girls
ONE of the best rumours flying around NYC last week is that Vogue editor-at-large, Andre Leon Talley, has been co-opted to act as Michelle Obama's stylist.
Talley (who dressed Jennifer Hudson for the Academy Awards in a universally derided gold bolero jacket) was one of the co-hosts -- along with Vogue editor Anna Wintour and designer Calvin Klein -- of a $2,300-a-head fundraiser attended by Michelle last week, when she wowed the notoriously prickly fashion elite in an Isabel Toledo black pants and tunic top.
After cocktails, an elite group of 70 -- including Spike Lee, Harvey Weinstein, Nicole Miller, Isaac Mizrahi, LL Cool J and Iman -- paid $10,000 to attend a buffet of grilled salmon and baby vegetables at Calvin Klein's West Village home.
Awestruck guests reported that Michelle was chatty and easy with the group, telling them all how eager Barack is to visit New York and take a stroll through Central Park.
When their eldest daughter, Malia, pointed out he probably would be recognised, Michelle said her husband joked that he would wear a fake moustache to fool observers.
The candidate had no answer, however, when his younger daughter Sasha shot back with, "What about your ears?" Ouch.