Scoop: Christie Brinkley, ex hit settlement snag

Just when we thought Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook were done squabbling, they’ve started gearing up for another round.

The former spouses, who have been embroiled in a famously contentious divorce battle, were said to have reached a settlement. But no sooner had Christie’s lawyer issued a statement to that effect than the former supermodel was ordered back to court Tuesday. Why? Well, because her lawyer issued a statement. Peter’s legal team declared that she had made a “false and improper press release.”

“The parties have reached a tentative settlement but it has not been presented to the judge,” said his attorney. “[The release] falsely stated that she had been vindicated” from her ex’s alleged campaign to smear her.

Considering that Peter is the one who cheated on her with his young assistant and devoted his days to surfing Internet porn, we tend to think Christie doesn’t require any “vindication” in the first place.

Not So Fast

There were no fireworks when Jon and Kate Gosselin met in court  Tuesday — just a much-needed dose of common sense from the judge.

TMZ reports that Jon was ordered to restore $180,000, which he allegedly withdrew without permission from a court-appointed arbitrator, to their joint account. Kate, in turn, must provide an account of $55,000 in expenses, which her lawyer says she “used for household bills and expenses relating to the children.”

The Gosselins are set to return to court on Oct. 26 for what the judge warned will be a public hearing. However, according to TMZ, the judge beseeched them to keep their negotiations with each other “private” and “amicable,” and to focus on what is in the best interests of their eight children.

Wow! What a novel idea!

Another ‘DWTS’ Couple?

Is Karina Smirnoff rebounding from her broken engagement by dating Aaron Carter? The 31-year-old, who recently abandoned plans to marry fellow “Dancing With the Stars” pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy, has been the subject of romance rumors about her 21-year-old dance partner. But the pair insist their chemistry is strictly for the dance floor.

“It’s really funny,” Karina told People magazine after Monday’s show. “The rumors are that we are hooking up but then we’re not sexy enough on the dance floor [per judge Len Goodman]? Let me tell you, if that was the case, the dance would have been very raunchy, as Len wanted it to be.”

However, Karina does admit Aaron has helped her get over Maksim — platonically. “Honestly the last few months have been beyond difficult,” she confessed. “If Aaron wasn’t by my side, kind of being there, a shoulder to lean on, I don’t think it would’ve been possible to get through it. He reminds me that I do what I love — dancing. And he’s always happy, always smiling, saying, ‘Come on, girl! You can do this!’ I tip my hat off to Aaron for being as strong as he is.”

For his part, the former teen pop singer said, “We have a lot of respect for each other and I have a lot of respect for her. She’s a lady and I’m going to treat her like that. She just went through a breakup so it’s important to respect her.”

“She’s dealing with a lot of stuff, [but] what’s amazing is that she’s got her head up high and doing an amazing job,” Aaron added.

How terribly dull. We’d much rather the rumors were true.

Kitty Raymond is an entertainment writer and astrologer. She welcomes feedback at

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