Peter Cook, Christie Brinkley and their children on 2/4/05. Credit: Steve Sands/Bauergriffin
Peter Cook, Christie Brinkley’s disgraced ex husband, appears on an upcoming episode of 20/20 in which he’s interviewed by Barbara Walters. Walters showed clips of the show on The View this morning, and Cook pretty much comes across as the total creep you expect him to.
It came out during the public divorce proceedings this summer that Cook, 49, was spending thousands of dollars a month on online porn, was into webcam sex, and had an affair with an 18 year-old girl he hired to work in his architectural firm. When the affair went sour, Cook paid the girl $300,000 to keep quiet. Yet it was Brinkley, 54, who paid the bills for the household.
After all the dirt about Cook came up, the two reached a settlement, with Cook receiving $2.1 million and visitation rights to his two children, Sailor Lee, 10, and Jack, 13. Brinkley retained all 15 of her properties. Brinkley was the one who fought to make the divorce public and she received some criticism for that due to her children being exposed to the details of their father’s massive indiscretions. It was also her fourth failed marriage, as the other side so often pointed out. Despite all that she came across as a devoted mom with blinders on who only wanted the best for her children.
Cook told Barbara Walters in that interview to air Friday that it was his wife’s fault that he cheated, though, because she just didn’t give him the ego-stroking that he so desperately needed.
Cook told Walters why he started an affair with the young woman in 2005, when he had a great marriage in 2004.
“I was seeking a connection I could not find in my own marriage,” he said. “I think the emotional aspect of our lives had changed. I think we were both feeling more like we were living with a brother and sister than a life partner. … I think I just suddenly realized when I was getting attention from someone else that this is something that is missing in my life.”
When asked what he wanted, Cook said, “I wanted a little acknowledgement, a little attention, a little thank you every now and then for my efforts, for the amount of time I took to care for her and my family, for the wealth I was building. Just the tremendous amount of work I was putting into my family. … My world became her world. It had to be that way. … There came a time when I pulled up [to] the driveway to the home that I found, that I built, that I lived in, and I felt like I was a guest in someone else’s life.”
Cook said that he agreed to be interviewed to try to “correct some of the wrongs.”
“My hope is that the world will see that I’m not the scum bag pervert that I’ve been painted to be,” he said. “The misinformation that came out during the trial is the elephant in the room. It’s the elephant in the room for my kids. And I’m hoping maybe if I can correct some of the wrongs.”
What an asshole this guy is. It’s the typical “my wife doesn’t pay attention to me” bullshit. Instead of getting some young ass, you’re supposed to work on your relationship by giving your wife some attention and romance. This guy was having an affair with a woman 30 years younger who worked for him. He has no excuse.
Here’s a link to the video from The View. The interview starts at about 1:57 in. There is some mildly funny banter ahead of it where the women talk about webcam mast*rbation. And here’s another clip on Abcnews.com.