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It took only a day for Peter Cook to fire back at ex-wife Christie Brinkley over the accusations she leveled against him -- including failure to pay child support, harrassment, and breach of confidentiality -- in her interview with Today's Matt Lauer. In an interview with Today's Savannah Guthrie that aired Wednesday, the 53-year-old architect shared his side of the story.
According to Cook, his 58-year-old ex-wife "shamelessly" lied about "virtually everything" she said during her interview Tuesday. And he even went so far as to say that she faked her emotional breakdown at the end of the interivew, calling her weepy finale "crocodile tears."
"The entire content of her interview was a lie where she claims that I am harassing and bullying her on a daily basis. I need you to know we haven't had a conversation in four and a half years, and we haven't e-mailed directly in two years," he said. "So this perception that I am harassing and bullying her is nonsense." Watch the interview below.
The duo married in 1996 and divorced in 2008, but in Tuesday's interview with Today, Brinkley revealed that she and her ex are still battling in court -- over Cook's alleged failure to make child support payments and over Cook's (also alleged) harassing ways. If Cook is to be believed, however, it's Brinkley doing the harassing.
"Ever since the separation, she had been on a campaign to smear me. There is no Peter Cook press machine. I have no interest in the press," Cook said. "I'm not a celebrity. You don't hear about Peter Cook until Christie Brinkley dredges something up from the past to make herself relevant in the media again." Um, ouch.
During yesterday's interview, Brinkley said that she is upset over the effect that this public battle is having on their children. Cook says that he is as well. He even admits that their 16-year-old son Jack (whom Brinkley had with second husband Rick Taubman, and whom Cook adopted) has been living Brinkley full-time for the past seven months and refuses to see him, but he claims that he has a good relationship with their 13-year-old daughter Sailor. Cook also doesn't deny Brinkley's claim that he's a "narcissist" (he calls her one as well), but insists that his narcissistic tendencies make him a great father for his children.
"I think there's a part of my narcissism that allows me to be a really great dad, and focuses my energy on my children," he said. "(This very public battle is) terrible for my children, but the damage was done when (Brinkley) fought to open that court in 2008. This is in Google eternity, this isn't going in the bottom of a birdcage. This is here forever."
That being said, Cook knows he isn't a good role model for his kids.
"If I were a role model, I would just sit back and keep taking the beatings and bruisings," Cook said, proceeding to echo Brinkley's closing sentiments from Tuesday's interview. "I want peace. I want peace for my family. I want peace for myself. I want to be able to do my job, see my kids and live without the Christie Brinkley shadow over me. That's all I ask."