Christie Brinkley’s ex trashes her for something she never said: ‘egregious lie’

Christie Brinkley at the ABC studios
In Christie Brinkley’s “Christie at 60” People cover interview, there was one single sentence that mentioned her ex, Peter Cook. I barely noticed it, but Cook obviously did, and he sent her an angry missive claiming that she was engaged in “revisionist history” and was playing the victim. As background, Brinkley divorced Cook after 12 years of marriage in 2008. At the time, Brinkley allegedly fought to have the divorce proceedings made public, a move many people thought was insensitive to her two teen children with Cook. (Christie has denied that it was her decision to make the trial public and claims that Cook spread that rumor to smear her.) It came out during the divorce that Cook was having an affair with an 18 year-old office assistant, whom he hired. Cook admitted the affair. He was also said to be addicted to online porn and to be spending thousands a month on his habit.

Following the divorce, Cook gave a poor me interview to 20/20 in which he basically blamed Christie for the fact that he was cheating on her with a teenager. He said “I was seeking a connection I could not find in my own marriage… I wanted a little acknowledgement, a little attention.” After that any sliver of sympathy I may have had for the guy vanished.

So what did Christie say in her interview that Cook objected to? She claimed she went through “a miserable divorce,” which is subjective, and that she’s tried to be “a pillar for my kids.” There was no reference in the People article to Christie receiving a settlement in her divorce, or to Cook being possibly abusive to their kids. This is all she said about him.

Christie: “My 50s weren’t easy. I lost both my parents and went through a miserable divorce while trying to be a pillar for my kids. But I made it through. Now I feel on top of my game.”

[From People Magazine, print edition]

Cook’s email is responding to something Christie never said
Radar writes that Christie ‘did other interviews which referenced that Brinkley ‘won a large settlement, especially after revelation of Cook’s heavy hand on the three children.’” It’s not true the Christie had anything to do with that inaccurate quote. The only other recent interview I could find with Christie was on Entertainment Tonight, where she talked about possibly dating again and plugged her new hair extensions. She didn’t mention Cook at all.

In fact the source for that quote is an article in Liberty Voice which Cook links in his email rant. It’s not correct that Christie got a settlement, she was ordered to give Cook a settlement, and again, nowhere in the People article or her Entertainment Tonight interviews does it say this. This quote was in a poorly researched article that Christie had nothing to do with.

So how did Cook respond to this? He trashed Christie for saying she was a pillar for her kids, he also blamed her for this incorrect quote and claimed that she was being libelous. If he would have actually read the People article or watched her ET interview, he would have seen that he was only mentioned once when Christie said she went through a bad divorce. Here’s what he wrote:

Christie,Over the last 8 years I have taken a lot of hits by way of your gross exaggerations, revisionist history, and self-serving dishonesty, but nothing could be more egregious than this incontrovertible lie. I let you get away with a lot for the sake our children. When you initially filed for divorce and you attempted to prejudice opinion of me by falsely accusing me of EVER being inappropriate with Sailor was the death knell for me as far as you were concerned. That was the day I took my wedding ring off.

You know I could not love or care for my children more, and that I have NEVER raised my hand to ANYONE, or surely you would not have encourage my adoption of Jack 3-years after we married. That you could so blatantly lie about such a sacred trust to position yourself as a victim once again is disgraceful. I didn’t think you could get any lower in you endeavors to stay relevant in the media than through your relentless trashing of the father of your children, and I don’t care about you or what motivates you to now perpetuate this horrific lie, and then to have your PR team work so diligently to see it is perpetuated throughout all possible media outlets… but I insist that you immediately demand that they work as thoroughly and dilligently to issue YOUR PERSONAL public correction/retraction and demand this libelous content be wiped from the media, immediately.

Nothing could be more upsetting than being falsely accused of being abusive to one’s children, particularly given the irony that the greatest abuse these children have endured is your insistence on publicizing our trial, our divorce these many years later, and making them suffer your need for attention at any and all cost:

“Brinkley won a large settlement, especially after revelation of Cook’s heavy hand on the three children.”

That’s just one of MANY sources carrying your line.

In PEOPLE Magazine you state your “50′s weren’t easy” because you “…went through a miserable divorce (from architect Peter Cook) while trying TO BE A PILLAR FOR MY KIDS…”

There is nothing about YOU FIGHTING and CAMPAIGNING to see our divorce proceedings were publicized, making our private lives media fodder for our children to have to endure for GOOGLE eternity, making false and dishonest statements about the father of your children and making every effort to alienate the children from their father that qualifies you as being a “pillar” for our children!

Is your only vehicle for building yourself up, bringing others down!?

[From Peter Cook via Radar Online]

Again, this guy is blaming Christie for an article she had nothing to do with, in an obscure source. He even links it. That’s the only place that quote appears prior to this rant he made against it. He obviously didn’t read her full People interview or try to consider anything beyond his rage at seeing his ex doing so well. He then linked two old editorials from 2008 which questioned Christie’s motivations in the divorce. If I wasn’t team Christie before, I firmly am now.

Peter, Christie and their son, Jack, in 2005:
Peter Cook, Christie Brinkley and son, Jack

Cook with his new wife, Suzanne, in 2013.
Grand Prix Sunday at the 2013 Hampton Classic

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

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  1. Sarah says:

    Reminds me of Nigella’s ex-husband – so full of self regard, they completely fail to understand how transparently twisted their public ranting is.

    • FLORC says:

      It’s them against the world playing the victim.
      And the old “I didn’t get enough attention from my wife so I banged an 18 y/o” argument is the hallmark of a sleazy guy.

    • Hiddles forever says:


      Satchi and Cook, what a a nice couple of ex-husbands!

      Never been team Christie, but now I am!

  2. Amy says:

    Peter Cook: rant rant rant rant rant rant rant
    Everyone else: {Yawn}

    • It'sJustBlanche says:

      Exactly. Why would he even think we cared? Once you decide it’s okay to bone someone who’s basically still a child, nothing else you say is credible.

      Team Christie all the way.

  3. snark says:

    She looks so freaking fantastic!! Team Christie here!!

  4. Dita says:

    Damn just let it go dude the divorce is final you have a new wife.

  5. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Ironic that he accuses her of playing the victim. What a douche.

  6. Tapioca says:

    Wow, the new wife looks like Christie’s brunette sister, but if she keeps up the tanning she’s going to look like a handbag at 60!

    I’m still amazed that someone can spend 1000s of dollars a month on internet porn, when there’s so much free stuff out there. Or so I’ve heard *cough*…

  7. MrsBPitt says:

    What an idiot! He is the one bringing up all the dirt and making himself look really bad! Christie looks fantastic! I know she has had some plastic surgery, but its subtle…

  8. Stephanie says:

    He sounds like a whack job.

    • Ok says:

      If I remember correctly, during their divorce, the judge told Christie that she needed to develop better taste in men…….seriously, that was in the articles covering the divorce.

      And the judge called Peter Cook a narcissist.

      I thin the judge was spot on in both statements.

      • Hiddles forever says:

        High five to that judge!

      • Christin says:

        That’s what I remember as well. It was in the mainstream (not tabloid) news coverage. A judge told her something to the effect that based on her history (ahem – four divorces), she probably did not have the best relationship judgment. If I recall correctly, she more or less agreed.

        Maybe she took it to heart, because she has remained single longer than any other period in her adult life. And yes, PC is a narcissist to the max.

    • Josephine says:

      He seriously sounds mentally ill – the judge may have been correct that he is a narcissist. He is blatantly making things up as he goes. Guess that new marriage isn’t going too well. This dude needs some serious anger therapy.

  9. shitler says:

    What a whiny douche

  10. Elisabeth says:

    They both sound like two professional victims

    • emmie_a says:

      Exactly. Christie got away with saying a lot of crap during and after their divorce. As did her ex. They are cut from the same narcissistic cloth and deserve each other.

      • Tammy White says:

        Agree with this 100%

      • Hautie says:

        “They are cut from the same narcissistic cloth and deserve each other….”

        Exactly. Thank you.

        And Brinkley obviously knows how to push his anger button. Which is amusing that her trolling game is so stellar.

        But her oldest daughter, Alexa, was treated horribly by Cook and Brinkley let it happen. Alexa spoke about it openly. So Brinkley is no angel.

        I can also recall Billy Joel has had a awful time dealing with her too. So all the self created drama that continues with Brinkley and Cook, does not remotely surprise me.

      • Josephine says:

        Meh – I think I would b!tch too if my husband was banging an 18 year old and on the computer surfing porn non-stop. Those are admitted facts. Did you read the dude’s rage? He doesn’t seem to have a grip on reality.

    • Kiddo says:

      Yeah. I think she’s pretty and all, but during their divorce, which seemed to be covered nightly on local news, she was strange too: Calling him a narcissist with her typical bubbly delivery and huge grin, relishing the attention. My opinion back then was that they both sucked. It left a bad taste in mouth about both of them, I still feel that way.

      • gg says:

        It was hard to watch. She looked nuts when she did that. It was all way TMI and she looked really crazy.

    • gg says:

      You got it right Elisabeth – I’ve been following this case for years. She is just as spiteful and immature as he is, except for the gross affair and the porn. If people read all the articles back through the years, Christie is not squeaky-clean. Her only aim is to utterly wreck and ruin him and never let go, not thinking about the damage it is causing her own children. What he did was beyond gross, but Christie went so public with everything for no reason, even made up and published childish mock names for his new partner, mocked them in court and acted like a bratty shrew; neither one of them came out on top. The reason this disgusts me so is Christie is making sure her children hate him but this only shines a bad light on them and they’re probably mortified. And they’re teenagers. I do think she is the one who made it public. With obvious glee. This case is just as bad as the Baldwin/Basinger bickering, only Kim kept her campaign slightly less public, and twitter wasn’t around when they were divorcing maybe.

      I’m glad that Christie hasn’t been doing it lately, but just wait. He and his wife will go on yet another interview on some morning show and poor me, poor me, and then she will issue another of her catty missives about him controlling his dick or something equally withering.

      They both should have let it go years ago. Grow the eff up, you two.

      • Kiddo says:

        I think the divorce, for Christie, was her comeback. No one was really paying attention to her anymore. Her husband was a pig, but watching her in action back then, turned me off to her as a person.

      • HappyMom says:


      • tk says:

        Seriously gg you have been following this thing for years AND you think they should let it go and grow the eff up? wow

      • truthbetold says:

        “except for the gross affair and the porn” you are laughable why does a husband with two children get a pass for that? notcie websites like celebbitchy above they have called a spade a spade today. he just makes things up

      • gg says:

        tk – maybe my conversational post put here this morning in a blog I have been commenting on and following stories on, like everybody else here, confuses you, but it doesn’t warrant the snottiness you display.

        and truthbetold, I wasn’t giving anybody a pass for anything. You misread my post.

        You have a nice evening, kay?

    • Christin says:

      Didn’t a judge even comment that she apparently had questionable judgment in men she marries? She’s had a lot of personal, often public drama through the years with three of her four husbands.

      Before marrying Billy, articles played up how she lost her boyfriend, a race car driver and heir. I think they dated a year before his death. Her relationships, or at least the endings, have never been very private, but the Cook divorce takes the cake.

  11. Kali says:

    Oh my lord, him and his new wife are the exact same shade of Naughahyde.

  12. Paige says:

    He has the same outfit on 8 years later….
    New wife looks like a crispy brunette Christie.

  13. eliza says:

    While Christie has acted a fool over the years this douche bag is the WORST! He acts as if he did nothing wrong and his constant whining and justifying of his behaviors old, tired and unbecoming of a man. He seriously acts like a chick and way worse than Brinkley.

    • truthbetold says:


      I am foaming at the mouth over the fact that you are receiving press (again) and that you look so happy. Please sit tight as I project my own behaviors, gross exaggerations and self-serving dishonesty onto you. I may even minimize my own past and current behavior while I’m at it because that is what narcissists generally do!

      The day that I (first) took my wedding ring off was the day I began grooming the 15-year old girl whom I met in a toy store. While I was in the toy store under the guise of a doting dad, you and I both know I was there because of the beautiful teenage girl who was working behind the counter. How dare the media pick up on this! The only reason that this even made the news is because YOU are a celebrity. Now that I think about it, I actually believe that my affair was YOUR fault.

      I am still quite furious that you didn’t insist on our divorce proceedings being kept sealed and private. Regardless of the fact that all divorces in New York are public record, I really wanted to keep my $3,000 per month porn habit under wraps. Just think how deceitful I could have been while “accidentally” feeding the media my lies. With a sealed divorce, there would have been no way for them to verify any of it. Why can’t you just do what I say?

      I am so bitter that the media is interested in you and that at 60 years old, you were picked up by a major modeling agency. My hope is that you will become as ugly on the outside as I am on the inside. Someone out there needs to start believing that you are a selfish monster who is relentlessly trashing me, the father of your children. The challenging part for me is that in all these years, not a single person can actually find a statement where you’ve disparaged me. I am so frustrated by this! I demand that you immediately retract all the things that you never said about me! DO IT NOW!!!!

      As you know, I have needlessly dragged our children through the media because my narcissistic supply sits on empty the vast majority of the time. My “refuel” light starts flashing every single time you receive media attention and as we both know, I prey on those who are uneducated on NPD so that they will report that we are feuding. By definition, it takes two people to feud however; the general population isn’t that smart and they pool us together while the sad reality is that I feud all by myself. Have I mentioned lately how smart I am?

      In regards to my statement to Radar Online, “But the excuses for her behavior are dishonest, convenient and increasingly difficult to accept. She’s simply using narcissism to distract from the real conversation.”

      What we both know that I meant was this: how dare you use my diagnosis of Narcissistic Personality Disorder to explain my behavior. How dare you tell the truth! – Peter

  14. Kelly says:

    Oh god what a sleazy douchebag, I feel for her

  15. mollie says:

    I can’t believe it but I just bought her hair extensions.
    As if I’m going to look like Christy when I click them in.
    Last time I allow myself access to my purse while having martinis and surfing the internet.

  16. dizzylucy says:

    I’m sure she’s no angel, but he was a fool for this – all it does is remind everyone what a gross jerk he was/is.

  17. Paloma says:

    They both need to shut up and move on.

  18. BendyWindy says:

    Is he on drugs? Seriously. He seems…unhinged.

  19. Jayna says:

    I can’t stand him, period, a creep, but Christy always plays the vicitim to the media in ways that aren’t good for her children. I noticed it when she was divorcing Billy Joel in an interview and some of her comments turned me off. I remember thinking what a princess, and when she hooked up with the guy in Aspen, she would make comments that were so passive aggressive to Billy and just turned me off to her, comments praising the second guy, Taubman, as such a hands-on father, even to Alexa, and pretty much saying Billy wasn’t. Then cut to later and the second guy turns out to be a jerk and she would call me all kinds of names in the interviews. The gist of her interviews were always she’s the perfect wife, blah, blah. Then she married the third guy (actually her fourth marriage) and he’s as bad as the second one. I don’t begrudge her standing up for herself and bashing him, but as time went on and he was close to the kids, she went to court again and started airing their dirty laundry publically again, instead of closed courtroom, because that’s more important, the public sympathy and her righteousness than maybe how it is affecting her children who are close with their father

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      Ah, so the dude she’s with is PERFECT, until they break up….she’s one of ‘those’.

      Exactly like my sister–she was having a baby with this dude, telling my mom how he takes care of his kids, he’s got a job, etc–all the while, she’s living with US, not HIM. Come to find out, as soon as my sister was tired of making excuses for him, she laid that shit all out—shitty father, doesn’t pay child support, doesn’t see his kids (unless she went and got them), and so on.

      Don’t understand women like that.

    • Christin says:

      The helicopter crash and quickie marriage (leaving B. Joel in the dust) was tabloid fodder in the early 1990s. Her new guy was just the greatest ever, right? Fast forward a year or two, and it was a completely different story (with a baby boy in the middle).

      I don’t excuse Cook at all and think this latest chapter is ridiculous. Yet she has chosen publicity over her kids time and time again.

      • truthbetold says:

        Billly Joel was an alcoholic and a drug addict and it is why CB left him,.. She however stays friendly and is very close to cb who is a godfather to her son,.. you have alot of misinfo

      • Christin says:

        Misinformation? Be specific, please. She left Billy shortly after the ski trip accident and declared Taubman as her new man. Whatever Billy’s faults, she left him in a very public manner (and they had a young daughter). They divorced and she married her new guy THE SAME YEAR. And she left her that husband (number 3) in a public manner within a year. She claimed he misled her into thinking he was wealthy. Their baby was a few weeks old.

        She has never been shy about airing private matters in public (at least in the past 20 years). She gets with a guy and he’s her forever one. Then the breakup is very public.

  20. mellie says:

    Honestly, what is she supposed to say? I went through an “exciting and fun divorce”? She was probably asked about it and that might have been the most diplomatic way to put it. I followed the story too and they both acted liked idiots, but I think she handled it quite nicely and now he looks like a real tool for sending out this ‘statement’…he has a pretty wife, they both have great kids, move on quietly please.

    • gg says:

      This always happens. She says something vague, then he starts his little tantrum, and then she issues another, meaner statement, then he goes on tv with his new wife, then Christie says something else in a snit. It’s ongoing. The problem is that they are both passive-aggressive narcissists and cannot let it go. If Christie doesn’t respond to his latest, this will be a first.

  21. laura says:

    Full blown Narcissist! very obvious now

    • truthbetold says:

      yes this last email from him just cemented the demented way he thinks and his quiet bitchy girl like attacks on cb… its a shame

  22. MSat says:

    He comes off like an angry control freak. I feel badly for those kids.

  23. Snappyfish says:

    First , Cook is a douche. Ok, let’s move on. Christy has had 4 divorces. She left the first for Joel as he made her more front and center & not just a model. Staring in his videos in the age of MTV. Then she leaves him for Taubman in a wedding where they skied down the mountain after their vows. 18 months & a child later he is replaced by Cook. Taubman was branded a cheat & that he stole her money that she loaned him & then the public trial with Cook.

    Smacks of Halle Berry Syndrome & it’s always the other persons fault. Christy looks amazing for age but she is damaged goods. I wish her children peace & mental health

  24. LAK says:

    Do they realise they are tango orange? How does a person not realise they’ve been tango-ed? SMH

  25. janet says:

    I think they both have issues. Christie has been married a few times and isn’t as nicey nicey as she portrays herself to be. Peter is a douche. I didn’t know she uses hair extensions. I thought that was all her hair! She does look fantastic and not just for being 60…..she looks way younger but she has had help and a great plastic surgeon.

  26. WhinersBGone says:

    If this loser wasn’t such a bully he’d be a hilarious parody of himself. Seems to me she moved on long ago, her brand is hotter than ever and most interestingly, I just see her enjoying her kids and her life without ever mentioning this crazy, textbook narcissist. This is totally a case of a raging narc seeking control over his former supply and spending an unusual amount of time bashing someone he doesn’t care about…

  27. Kristin says:

    That guy is a TOTAL whack job. He was diagnosed Narcissistic and boy, is he textbook or what? Scary…..

  28. RubyGloom says:

    This guy is seriously off his rocker.