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The interview reportedly angered Brinkley, who failed in her attempt to secure a restraining order against Cook just prior to its airing - which would have prevented him contacting the couple's two children.
Brinkley claimed that by opening up about their marriage problems, he violated the confidentiality provision set out in the terms of their divorce, which was agreed upon following a bitter public trial over the summer.
Cook could be subjected to a $10,000 (GBP5,405) contempt of court fine if he is found to have violated the terms of the deal, according to the New York Post.
Brinkley could also be allowed to respond to his allegations.
But Cook has defended his decision to open-up about his failed marriage on the news programme, telling the newspaper: "Anything I've done to resurrect my image for the sake of my children she finds offensive... It's clear that she's threatened by my relationship with them. Really, I just want her to leave us alone."
Cook has also countered that Brinkley has "multiple breaches of the agreement" herself.
His lawyer, Steve Kuhn, insists his client's on-air comments did not constitute a breach of the confidentiality agreement.
Brinkley's lawyer, Robert Stephan Cohen, was unavailable for comment. »
Brinkley filed for divorce after learning Cook had had an affair with an 18-year-old in 2004.
He tells Walters, "I was a great father, a great husband. I failed as a human being. I failed myself.
"Christie is mad at me. She's entitled to be mad at me. I'm an idiot. I made a mistake."
Cook claims he knew his marriage was over when he began seeking attention from someone else.
He says, "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 realised my needs hadn't been taken care of, and I took the coward's way out and had an affair instead of approaching my wife and saying, 'Ya know what? I'm not happy.'
He adds, "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."
The interview - which was taped earlier this week (begs06Oct08) - has angered Brinkley, who failed in her attempt to secure a restraining order against him, which would have prevented him contacting the couple's two children.
She claims that by opening up about their marriage problems, he breached a confidentiality agreement in their divorce which they settled on following a bitter public trial over the summer.
Their divorce was finalised in Suffolk County, New York on 3 October. »
Yup, ABC's veteran newsmagazine led the night with its two-hour look at the British royal family.
The special presentation bested Fox's two-hour Terminator finale and NBC's game shows. In 20/20: The Royal Family (14.2 million viewers, 3.7 adults 18 to 49 rating and a 9 share according to preliminary Nielsen returns), a documentary film crew followed Queen Elizabeth II and other British royalty for more than a year. The strong lead-in didn't help October Road, (5.3 million, 1.9/5) however.
Fox tied ABC for the first-place overall nightly demo average, with back-to-back episodes of "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (7.7 million, 3.0/8 and 8.2 million, 3.3/8). The final hour jumped to post the show's best performance in three weeks.
Second-place NBC tried My Dad is Better Than Your Dad (7.3 million, 2.4/6) in the 8 p.m. slot, moving Deal or No Deal (10.8 million, 3.1/8) to 9 p.m. Without the Deal lead-in, "Dad" came in third place for the hour and was down 23% from its two-week average at 9 p.m. »
3 items from 2008