Ex Blames Brinkley for Affair

Lack of emotional connection prompted cheating, Cook tells Walters
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2008 3:03 PM CDT
In this July 2, 2008, file photo, Christie Brinkley arrives at New York State Supreme Court in Central Islip for the beginning of her divorce trial against Peter Cook.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – Christie Brinkley’s adulterous ex-husband said that he cheated on the former supermodel because she did not offer the emotional connection he needed, ABC News reports. In an interview to be broadcast Friday, Peter Cook told Barbara Walters that by 2005 he and Brinkley felt “more like we were living with a brother and sister than a life partner.”

Cook didn’t feel Brinkley acknowledged “the tremendous amount of work I was putting into” the family, making him feel like an add-on, a “guest in someone else’s life.” He also lashed out at the widely circulated reports of his affairs and addiction to Internet porn, calling them “misinformation.” “I'm not the scumbag pervert that I've been painted to be," he told Walters.
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