After tearful testimony in which she described the moment she learned of her husband’s affair with a teenager, which she said “completely shattered” her world, Christie Brinkley told press waiting outside the courtroom that she wanted to send a message to the young woman her husband seduced. Diana Bianchi, now 21, was just 17 when Brinkley’s estranged husband Peter Cook, now 49, met her. He hired her to work in his architecture firm and once she was legal he pounced. Brinkley said she wanted to let Bianchi know she forgives her.
“I’d just like to say after two days of testimony that I can’t help but think about Diana Bianchi, and I want her and her family to know that I feel really badly for them,” said Brinkley. “I feel bad for her and I forgive her completely.”
“She was manipulated.”
Wednesday Bianchi gave a tentative account on the stand of her affair with Cook. Cook gave Bianchi gifts of lingerie and cash, later paying her $300,000 not to reveal their affair to his wife. After her testimony, Cook approached Brinkley’s daughter with her ex husband, 20 year-old Alexa Joel, and reportedly said “I’m sorry for the pain I have caused you and your family.” The two then hugged.
According to the latest edition of the National Enquirer, aspiring singer Bianchi has been through a lot in the two years since ending her affair with a man nearly 30 years older. A friend claims Bianchi contemplated suicide and that she had issues with sexual addiction. She is also said to have dated music mogul Diddy, now 38, at a time when he was supposed to have been with his longterm girlfriend and mother of his twins, Kim Porter.
Diana’s friend told The Enquirer that music mogul Combs was Diana’s second celebrity conquest. “Diana met Sean at his recording studio when she went there with a friend who knew him. She told me that he just came up to her and started talking,” the source revealed.
“She said their affair started a few weeks later – and it went on while he was involved with the woman he was going to marry, Kim Porter. Diana said she thinks that she’s the reason they split up.”
A representative for Combs denied the affair, but Diana’s pal said she grew increasingly uncomfortable during the relationship because he was getting too involved.
“She said she was freaked out because he even sent people to her voice rehearsals and lessons to watch her,” said the source.
[From The National Enquirer, print edition, July 14, 2008]
The Enquirer adds that the source passed a polygraph test. The friend also claims that Diana made a sex tape, took nude photos, and had battled a sex addiction that she’s sought therapy for.
This girl was 17 when she met Peter Cook. She may have technically been legal when they started their year-long affair, but a married man in his late 40s should know better than to take advantage of a girl who has barely graduated high school. He also treated her like a hooker by giving her cash and gifts. This whole situation is sad and while a lot of people say that Brinkley shouldn’t have made the divorce proceedings public as she has two young teenaged children with this man, you understand why she would make that choice.
If this story about Bianchi’s affair with Diddy is true, shame on him for cheating on Kim Porter with her. Diddy’s arrangement with Porter seemed to have been one of mutual convenience, but maybe that’s all he’ll offer a woman.
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