Ex-wife of ‘Da Vinci Code’ author Dan Brown alleges he led a double life

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BOSTON (AP) — The ex-wife of “The Da Vinci Code” creator Dan Brown has filed a lawsuit alleging the person identified for writing about conspiracies and secret societies led a double life throughout their marriage that included a tryst with a Dutch horse coach and different affairs.

In her lawsuit filed Monday in New Hampshire, Blythe Brown additionally claimed credit score for uplifting a lot of his work and arising with the premise for “The Da Vinci Code.” She additionally alleged that Brown hid scores of future tasks value “millions” from her, together with a tv collection in addition to a kids’s e book due out in September.

The most explosive allegations, nevertheless, are the extramarital affairs. Describing Brown’s conduct as “unlawful and egregious,” Brown mentioned she solely discovered about it after the pair divorced in 2019 after 21 years of marriage.

She accuses the best-selling creator of secretly diverting funds to pay for items to an unnamed horse coach, together with a number of Friesian horses and financing for his lover’s horse coaching enterprise. She alleges the “illegal behavior” befell in New Hampshire, Europe and the Caribbean.

“Dan has lived a proverbial life of lies for at least the past six years, seeming to be the epitome of a world-famous novelist leading a simple life in his home state of New Hampshire, while in reality he was something quite different,” the lawsuit claims. “For years, Dan has secretly removed substantial funds from his and Blythe’s hard-earned marital assets to conduct sordid, extra-marital affairs with women — one half his age — and to pursue a clandestine life.”

Dan Brown, in an announcement, mentioned he was “stunned” by the allegations and referred to as the criticism “written without regard for the truth.” He mentioned he by no means misled his ex-wife on their funds throughout their divorce and that she ended up with half their holdings after they divorced.

“For reasons known only to her and possibly her lawyer, Blythe Brown has created through this suit a fictional and vindictive account of aspects of our marriage designed to hurt and embarrass me,” Brown mentioned in an announcement Tuesday.

Blythe Brown, a horse fanatic who’s concerned in horse and carriage driving competitions, insisted she was solely submitting the lawsuit to face up for herself and assert her “self-worth.”

“We worked so hard together, struggling to build something meaningful. With great success came our promises to each other that we would not let it change us or our life together,” she mentioned in an announcement Tuesday. “I don’t recognize the man that Dan has become. It is time to reveal his deceit and betrayal. After so much pain, it is time for truth. It is time to right these wrongs.”

Brown, a New Hampshire native, has had a string of bestsellers however is greatest identified for “The Da Vinci Code,” a puzzle-filled thriller that launched readers to the notion that Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene had been married with kids. The plot outraged church officers and students.

In her lawsuit, Blythe Brown portrayed herself as inspiring Brown to surrender songwriting after the pair met in 1990 and recognizing his “unlimited potential as a writer of fiction.” She additionally alleges she helped craft key themes and concepts for a lot of of his books, “served as lead researcher, first-line editor, and critic, and was Dan’s literary partner in the fullest sense.”

“Indeed, Blythe and Dan formed a partnership in the literary world that was to last for nearly thirty years, taking them places that they could never have imagined,” in keeping with the lawsuit, wherein she seeks unspecified damages.

Brown mentioned he at all times acknowledged his ex-wife’s contributions.

“The allegation that I failed to fairly acknowledge the literary contributions of my former wife is wrong,” he mentioned.

During a 2006 trial in opposition to the writer of the “The Da Vinci Code,” the courtroom heard how Blythe Brown was an important contributor to his million-selling historic thriller. Two authors unsuccessfully sued, claiming that Brown “appropriated the architecture” of their e book in a high-profile London courtroom case.

According to witness statements and courtroom testimony, Blythe Brown led the large analysis effort, provided numerous notes and ideas and supplied a useful “female perspective” for a e book immersed in “the sacred feminine.”