When someone cheats on you, it's totally your fault, right???
That's what Peter Cook is saying in his interview with Barbara Walters for 20/20.
Cook wanted to set the record straight.
Issuing the infamous cheater's excuse, Cook says:
"I was seeking a connection I could not find in my own marriage. I think the emotional aspect of our lives had changed. I think we were both feeling more like we were living with a brother and sister than a life partner.
"I wanted a little acknowledgment, a little attention, a little thank you every now and then for my efforts, for the amount of time I took to care for her and my family, for the wealth I was building."
Recited precisely from the How to Cheat and Sound Like a Douche handbook!
Oh and even though he cheated on supermodel wife Christie Brinkley with a teenager (who he paid $300,000 to keep mum, but the birdie sang in court) and ran up $3,000 a month in internet porn, he is definitely not a perv.
Brinkley, remaining ever-so-classy, is keeping quiet on her side, although someone close to the case did have this to say:
"What he said in the interview is just more proof of what the court-appointed psychiatrist, Dr. Stephen Herman, said in the court proceeding, that Peter Cook is an insatiable narcissist."
Hey, here's a novel thought. When your marriage isn't going well, how about you talk about things instead of, oh, heading up the local high school for a mistress?
How about that!?
Update: TV's Extra just received a statement from Brinkley's lawyer regarding the interview:
"It is a measure of Peter Cook's character that he has breached the confidentiality agreement that is in the divorce settlement and has sought to present this distorted one sided view of his marriage. Mr. Cook had his days in court, testified on his own behalf and ultimately agreed with the view of the children's court appointed attorney and psychiatrist that the children should live principally with their mother and that she should be the sole custodial parent."
What a dumbass.
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