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By Andrea Peyser
July 11, 2014

Gals, don’t fall for cad boys like Christie Brinkley’s ex Peter Cook

Horny toads don’t change their ways. They just get slimier with age.

A bit of advice to any woman who’s deluded herself into believing that she’s landed a knight in shining armor, only to see her dreams of happily-ever-after rocked by suspicions of flagrant infidelity: Check references.

I’m talking about supermodel Christie Brinkley’s ex-husband Peter Cook, a white-toothed glam guy and unspeakable cad who cheated on her during their 12-year marriage with a teenager and engaged in an Internet porn habit alleged to have cost $3,000 a month. Then he blamed Brinkley, in a postdivorce TV interview with Barbara Walters, for driving him into the arms of a younger babe — because she didn’t pay enough attention to him.

Holy narcissism!

Now 60, Brinkley is an ageless stunner who’s getting the last laugh, although I doubt she’s enjoying it. In an episode that’s become the talk of the Hamptons, the summer playground for the rich, the powerful and assorted hangers-on, Cook, an architect of 55, is again chasing skirts and short-shorts, Emily Smith of Page Six first reported.

The lusty, middle-aged antics prompted Cook’s current wife, Suzanne Shaw, to move out of the house she shared with him in Sag Harbor and file for a legal separation at the end of February. She took her teenage daughter from a previous union with her.

This is the lady who stayed at Cook’s side during his bruising 2008 divorce from Brinkley. I’ve had root canals that were less painful.
Don’t say Brinkley didn’t try to warn her.

“When you find out he’s been cheating on you, I’ll be there for you,’’ Brinkley seethed at Shaw during a 2012 court appearance on Long Island in which she and her ex fought over child custody. She bent down and theatrically touched her replacement’s hand.

“Come up with a new line,’’ Shaw shot back.

She may live to regret those words.

Shaw, who married Cook on Valentine’s Day 2012, had no comment for this column. Peter, never at a loss for words when it came to trashing Brinkley, grew testy when I reached him on the telephone.

“I’m great,’’ he said after I asked how he was doing. “I have no comment. I’m not interested in sharing my private life again.’’ He kept talking.

“This is a private matter. Things are quiet with my current situation until little people with little lives are talking about it.’’ Well, I did once call him in print “an aging, controlling sex addict.’’ (Hey, Brink­ley was “the aging, controlling supermodel who divorced him.’’)

Brinkley would not comment.

The stories of Cook’s escapades are spilling out of the Hamptons like beach sand.

“Different woman, different day,’’ snarked one observer. Shaw “stood by him. She supported him.’’ But with Cook, “things don’t change.’’

A source told me a story, also relayed to Smith, that Cook was seen tooling around Sag Harbor in a silver, convertible sports car. After spotting “two very young girls’’ in very brief shorts, he pulled a quick U-turn, pulled out his iPhone and took pictures of them.

This is not illegal. This is gross.

Cook and Brinkley’s five-day divorce trial included revelations that Cook bedded Diana Bianchi, whom he started wooing when she was 17. Their affair began after Cook hired Bianchi to create a Web site when she was 18.

They had sex right in his Hamptons architectural office, she told me in 2006.

“He told me he was unhappy, he’d been having problems at home,’’ she said.

Cook gave up, and he and Brinkley settled their divorce. Brinkley, whose net worth at the time was estimated at $60 million, agreed to hand Cook $2.1 million, a pittance. She also got custody of their kids, while Cook got visitation rights. They’re Jack, now 19, Christie’s son from her third marriage, to Richard Taubman, whom Cook adopted, and Sailor, the daughter she bore with Cook. Now 16, Sailor signed last year with IMG Models, like her mother. (Brinkley’s also mom to Alexa, 28, a daughter from the second of her four marriages, to singer Billy Joel. She was not involved in this case.)

She won the divorce battle. But Cook was victorious in another way. “I’m not going to marry again,’’ Brinkley told me after the case was over. She knew too much.

If only Suzanne Shaw had paid attention to Christie Brinkley.

It might have saved her a world of hurt.

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