The supermodel admitted to using a magic marker to draw over Cook's face in a wedding photo and claimed she never would have married Cook if she realized the truth about his felony drug arrest while he was in his early 20s.
"When I drew a little black on his face [it looked like] an empty wedding outfit with no person in it. That's how I felt. There was a person I knew I loved and didn't know where he went," she said about defacing the photo after she learned of his affair with Diana Bianchi, adding that the photo was kept inside a drawer in her closet.
When Cook's lawyer, Norman Sheresky, asked if she knew whether one of the kids found the photo she replied, "I know from your paperwork."
Later, outside of court, Brinkley got teary when asked if she regrets her marriage to Cook. "You know I can't regret that because I have Sailor as a result of that union, " she said, referring to the couple's daughter. "But I do regret being here today. I wish that this wasn't the end result."
No Laughing MatterRegarding his drug arrest, Cook appeared visibly upset when Brinkley testified that Cook minimized the arrest when he revealed it to her about a week before their marriage.
"If I heard the facts as I know today I don't think I would have gone forward with the marriage," she said. And Cook laughed out loud when she testified that she eventually learned the arrest did not happen in N.Y.C., but "in a gay truck stop."
Sheresky also grilled her on her anger toward Cook, which Brinkley says she's kept in check in front of the kids, even in the weeks after finding out about his affair. She argued that she focused on the kids, including planning a birthday party for Sailor and taking them to Colorado when the media learned of their split.
"I don't think that's the portrait of a woman enraged and consumed in anger. I believe it's a portrait of a mother trying to give some normalcy to her children," she cried out.
"Are you angry right now?" Sheresky asked in response to her tone.
She said no, that she was describing her "passion" for her children, adding it's the "anger any mother would rightly feel to be falsely accused of things ... He's trying to put the blame on someone else. He's trying to be the victim."
Sheresky also peppered her with questions about her decision to keep the courtroom open.
When asked why she did not petition to close the courtroom she said, "in an open courtroom we can get at the real truth." But she denied that she pushed for the trial to embarass Cook. "I didn't want this trial ... It's humiliating for all of us."
As he was leaving court for the day, the normally press-shy Cook told a handful of reporters his reaction to his estranged wife's testimony. "I'm still waiting for the truth she talks about," he said.
He added, "No matter what she throws at me, my children love me and I love them and I'm a good father. She can't take that away."