Christie Brinkley's Ex Peter Cook Slams Her TV Breakdown

Celebrity News Mar. 28, 2012 AT 10:04AM
Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook Credit: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Heart Truth; Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images

On Tuesday morning, Peter Cook was among the millions tuning in as his ex Christie Brinkley spoke to Matt Lauer on TODAY about their seriously ugly divorce battle.

Giving her first TV interview about the dispute four years since it began, the 58-year-old supermodel accused Cook, 53, of "character assassination" and said tearfully, "I just want peace. And every time I have any joy or any kind of success in anything, he has to try to destroy it."

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In a statement that appeared in the New York Post's Page Six Wednesday, Cook wasn't feeling particularly peaceful. "Christie was entirely dishonest about the circumstances surrounding the current court action which was precipitated by her and . . . is doing further damage to our children," says Cook, who has a biological daughter, Sailor, 13, with the Chicago star; he also adopted Jack, Brinkley's 17-year-old son with second husband Richard Taubman.

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Cook added that he was "shocked by the blatant lies she told regarding our divorce proceedings of four years ago, including denying the indisputable fact that she fought for an open courtroom despite the warnings it would harm our children . . . [she] will stop at nothing to continue the drama in our lives in order to harass me and keep herself relevant in the media."

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"[She] does not want peace, she wants attention." Cook acknowledges that he was unfaithful to Brinkley, cheating on her with Diana Bianchi, 18 at the time of their fling. "I wish she would find a way to move on."

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