Peter Cook Gives Interview, Blames Christie Brinkley

11/08/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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Three months after their bitter divorce was settled, Christie Brinkley's ex-husband Peter Cook says he was wrongly portrayed in court.

"I'm not the ... pervert that I've been painted to be," Cook tells Barbara Walters in an interview that will air Friday on ABC's 20/20.

Asked why he was speaking out now, Cook, 49, who admitted to having an affair with an 18-year-old assistant and an online pornography habit, tells 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."

During the marriage, he says, "I wanted a little acknowledgement, 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. Just the tremendous amount of work I was putting into my family. ... My world became her world. It had to be that way."

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