"My hope is that the world will see that I'm not the scum bag pervert that I've been painted to be," he said. "The misinformation that came out during the trial is the elephant in the room. It's the elephant in the room for my kids. And I'm hoping maybe if I can correct some of the wrongs."
When asked whether he wanted his ex-wife to see the interview, Cook said, "I don't think I can avoid that. But I think if she does, what I hope comes of it is that she takes the time to heal herself. And she goes back and remembers that I made a mistake, but that I am that person that she wrote the poems about, that she raved about in magazine articles and anybody who she could get … twist their ear to listen. I am that person today, that I was then."
An amicable future does not seem likely.
In his statement to ABC News, Cohen, Brinkley's lawyer, said Cook violated the divorce confidentiality agreement and presented a "distorted one-sided view" of the marriage in the interview with Walters.
Brinkley's attorneys went to court asking the judge for a restraining order to keep the couple's two children away from Cook until the end of the upcoming long weekend in order to avoid the press attention that will follow the broadcast of the interview. The judge ruled that the children will stay with their father for the weekend for his court-appointed parenting time.