The turbulent war between Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook has turned nuclear again, after her ex-husband sent a blistering letter to the model on Thursday night accusing her of “gross exaggerations, revisionist history and self-serving dishonesty.”
RadarOnline.com has obtained the email — a missive that will renew their seven-year-old hostilities once again — which was sparked by Brinkley’s PEOPLE magazine cover “Christie at 60!” and others interviews which referenced that Brinkley “won a large settlement, especially after revelation of Cook’s heavy hand on the three children.”
The blonde bombshell also stated in the interview that her “50′s weren’t easy” because she “went through a miserable divorce while trying to be a pillar for my kids.”
In New York architect Cook’s letter, he told his supermodel-actress ex that she had made “false and dishonest statements about the father of your children” and had made “every effort to alienate the children from their father.”
He insisted that it was he who won the settlement, not her.
“The sad reality is, almost eight years later, Christie is still mired in our divorce and hatred of me which has been irreparably damaging to our children,” Cook told RadarOnline.com in an exclusive interview.
“She disposed of 10 good years of marriage because of my indiscretion and has had to vilify me ever since to excuse her own petty and self-indulgent behavior — throwing our children under the bus, relentlessly vilifying their father and surrendering our lives to the media — essentially capitalizing on my pain and by default our children’s pain; all masked behind a fixed disingenuous smile.
“But the excuses for her behavior are dishonest, convenient and increasingly difficult to accept. She’s simply using narcism to distract from the real conversation.”
It’s the latest salvo in the pair’s ongoing feud that has been serialized in tabloids around the globe: Most recently, last December, Brinkley wrote on Twitter how her email inbox had been cluttered with letters from “women like me who were married to a narcissist.”
Cook told Radar: “The acrimony in our divorce had nothing to do with my alleged narcissism; calling me a narcissist is a convenient label she adopted two years after our divorce trial because, of the many labels she’s had for me over the past seven years, that is where she found the most support and sympathy.
“If having a polka dotted ex husband garnered her sympathy, she would have said I was polka dotted.
“There’s just no purpose for Christie to regurgitate all of this over and over except to garner attention for herself and bring more harm to me. I wish she had been more elegant about the whole thing.”
Cook’s explosive letter to Brinkley, obtained exclusively by Radar, read as follows:
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!?
At the time, Cook said of the affair: “This is an aberration. I’m sorry. I’m contrite. I’m stupid. Foolish. No excuse.”
After learning he was having an affair with his then teenage assistant Diana Bianchi, Christie ditched her husband, then 47. Cook was Brinkley’s fourth husband and the couple, who tied the knot in 1996, has two children.