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The Daily Beast: Hush Money Scandals

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Peter Cook and Diana Bianchi

Shouldn’t the first rule of hush money be to keep quiet—at least until all the money is paid? Architect Peter Cook and supermodel Christie Brinkley’s divorce made the front pages of the tabloids in 2006, when 19-year-old Diana Bianchi stepped forward and testified that she and Cook had an affair when she was just 18. The hits kept coming for Cook, though, as it later came out that he paid Bianchi some $300,000 to stay quiet about their affair—and the money was taxable. Cook later refused to pay the last third of the funds, though, after Bianchi gave a TV interview and discussed the pair’s sex tape.

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