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Christie Brinkley On Ex Peter Cook: 'There's Been A Real Character Assassination Going On'

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Mar. 27 2012, Published 4:30 a.m. ET

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By Amber Goodhand - News Editor

Christie Brinkley opened up about her split from ex-hubby Peter Cook and has the video clip and all the details.

The 58-year-old model broke down while talking to Matt Lauer on the Today show Tuesday, saying this is the first time she has spoken out in four years and that she "just wants peace."

"Since the day that he realized that I wasn't coming back, there has been a real character assassination going on. I asked for and got a confidentiality agreement with the original divorce. I alone have maintained the confidentiality agreement," Brinkley said.

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"I had offers for a sympathetic show from Oprah, Jeff Zucker offered me an hour on primetime. Everybody asked me to come on. I did not want to do it… I have turned the other cheek. There's not one quote from me anywhere."

Brinkley noted all the press Cook has done regarding their divorce and said it hasn't been easy.

"I have never gone on a TV show. Peter went on Barbara Walters, he went on Geraldo Rivera, he went back on Geraldo Rivera, he went on Good Morning America. So let's ask him, why is he doing that?" she said.

"I have never taken part in name calling. The only thing that have ever said, after my second trial… I simply said as a public service: 'Google divorcing a narcissist.' Because I'm not alone. I've gotten hundreds of letters from women that are going through this. It's not easy."

The couple was together for 12 years and have a 13-year-old biological daughter together, Sailor, and also 16-year-old Jack — who Brinkley had with her second husband Richard Taubman, but was later adopted by Cook.

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"Peter continues to contact me… 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," Brinkley said, holding back tears.

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