Christie Brinkley has fired back after ex-husband Peter Cook appeared on “20/20” with Barbara Walters that aired on Friday, allegedly breaking the terms of their divorce.
“Christie Brinkley initially sought to settle this matter privately,” Robert Stephan Cohen, Christie’s attorney, told Access Hollywood in a statement. “The state of NY is an open court system. It was Mr. Cook who sought to lock the courtroom to the media. Judge Cohen applied the law and Peter’s request to bar the media was denied. This was not Ms. Brinkley’s doing, it was the law.”
“Mr. Cook has chosen to breach the confidentiality agreement in the divorce settlement, a provision agreed upon in court to protect the children and allow them to put this ordeal behind them,” the statement continued.
On Wednesday, Christie filed for a restraining order after hearing that Peter had conducted the interview. The judge denied her request.
“My hope is that the world will see that I’m not the scumbag pervert that I’ve been painted to be,” Peter told Walters. “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.”
However, according to Christie’s lawyer, he’s only made things worse.
“This is a tragedy,” Cohen’s statement concluded. “Mr. Cook has proven once again that the court appointed psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Herman was right when he testified that Peter Cook has an insatiable ego and needs constant reassurance. Mr. Cook continues to put himself first, ultimately hurting the children. The court awarded Ms. Brinkley full custody of the children and all decision making concerning them. That decision speaks for itself.”
The statement added added that the supermodel intends to continue to explore her legal options.
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, Cook and Brinkley split after 10 years of marriage in 2006, after he engaged in an extramarital affair with an 18-year-old assistant. Their divorce case earlier this year included a bitter custody battle for son Jack, 13, and daughter Sailor, 10, which Brinkley won.