Sheresky, Cook's attorney, stirred up some of the anger behind that beautiful smile as Brinkley parried his questions with cool sarcasm. At one point when Sheresky cited an e-mail in which she wrote Cook to berate him for making "bad choices over and over," Brinkley interjected, "You missed an 'over.'"
At another point, she corrected Sheresky's mention of his client's name, "It's 'Cook.' I thought you said 'Crook.'"
Brinkley admitted defacing one picture, saying that she'd taken a wedding photo of the couple and blacked out Cook's face so that there was "just his outfit remaining standing next to me like an empty wedding outfit" in the first few days after finding out about Cook's affair with 18-year-old Diana Bianchi. Brinkley explained her behavior by saying as if Cook, "the person I knew and loved," was an "invisible man."
When Brinkley was asked whether she once told their son to ask Cook about "his whores," she denied the incident and shot back that she once overheard a conversation in which Cook bragged about his conquest of Bianchi, telling the kids that he was the hero "trying to do something really nice for that girl in Southampton." One of the kids then asked Cook, "How is that something good, sleeping with that lady?" according to Brinkley.
Brinkley drew a blank for a few minutes when asked about the last nice thing she had said about her husband to the children, eventually claiming that she asked them to make a Father's Day card for him and telling her son, Jack, 13, how "nice" it was that he went wakeboarding with Cook.
Brinkley rejected Herman's finding that Cook did not pose a danger to the children, adding that her husband "is trying to play the victim." She recited a litany of behaviors that she claimed epitomized his risk-taking personality. They ranged from sex addiction and "masturbating on the Internet" to his "decision to sell drugs" and his "choice to have sex with a teenage girl."
Brinkley claimed that Cook lied to her when he confessed the week before their 1996 marriage to his youthful arrest for selling cocaine, explaining that he was set up by a bartender jealous of Cook who asked him to bring a package to New York City. Only later, Brinkley claims, did she find out that Cook was described as a "well-known drug dealer" who was arrested at a "gay truck stop" in Long Island.
As for her own anger issues, Brinkley was defiant, saying "This is a portrait of a mother trying to give some sense of normalcy to some children whose world has been destroyed by this man's greed and lust."
Herman, the court-appointed psychiatrist, today blamed the sexcapades of Brinkley's philandering husband on "colossally bad judgment fueled by narcissism," but said both the randy husband and Brinkley need therapy. He recommended that Brinkley get sole custody of the children, Jack and sister Sailor Lee, 10.
Brinkley dismissed Herman's suggestion that she seek psychiatric counseling. "I'm not sure I'm a huge fan of psychotherapy," she testified. "There are lots and lots of ways to deal with various issues but I will do whatever it takes."
During her testimony, Cook, a professional architect, sat at the defense desk, drawing a detailed architectural rendering of a massive house.