Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown is sued by ex-wife for ‘living a double life’
The ex-wife of The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown has filed a lawsuit alleging that the man known for writing conspiracies and secret societies led a double life during their marriage, including an appointment with a Dutch horse trainer and three other cases.
In her lawsuit filed in New Hampshire on Monday, 68-year-old Blythe Brown secretly accuses the best-selling author of converting money to buy lavish gifts for his mistresses, including for a Dutch horse trainer by the initials JP.
She claims that 56-year-old Mister Brown spent $ 345,000 to buy the woman – who is an expert on Fresian horses – a horse, along with a new car, horse transportation, and pay for renovations to her Dutch home.
Blythe, a painter, art historian, and collaborator of her husband’s books, claims that he also hid dozens of future projects worth ‘millions’ from her, including a television series and a children’s book due out in September.
She also claims that she inspired most of his work and came up with the starting point for the Da Vinci Code.
Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown is being sued by his ex-wife, Blythe Brown (left and right, in 2013) for allegedly leading a double life and ‘secretly’ transferring ‘large amounts of money to conduct business’ with multiple women
Blythe described Brown’s behavior as “ illegal and blatant, ” saying she only heard about the other women – including a hairdresser, a political officer, and his personal trainer – after the couple divorced after 21 years of marriage in 2019.
“Dan has lived a proverbial life of lies for the past six years and seems to be the epitome of a world-renowned novelist living a simple life in his home state of New Hampshire, when in reality he was something completely different,” the lawsuit claims.
“For years, Dan has secretly removed substantial funds from his and Blythe’s hard-earned marriage assets to engage in dirty, extramarital affairs with women – half his age – and pursue a clandestine life.”
Blythe said she initially brought the horse trainer to the U.S. in 2013 to work with a horse the pair owned.
The affair began the following year while the woman was staying at her home, recovering from a shoulder injury, she claims.
Blythe says her husband then “started acting aloof, dressing differently and arguing”.
According to the suit, Blythe moved out of their home in Rye Beach, New Hampshire in 2018, after Brown told her he wanted to divorce.
The couple, who have no children, were separated in December 2019.
Blythe claims she confronted her husband the following month after discovering transfers for large sums of money she knew nothing about when he admitted to “doing bad things to a lot of people” and confessed to things.
Blythe (pictured at a New Hampshire horse center that she owns) accuses her husband of having affairs with four women, including a Dutch Friesian horse expert and trainer named only as a JP
Blythe (left and right) says her husband was also in business with his personal trainer, a political officer and a hairdresser, whom he admitted in January this year after they were divorced
Shown is the barn of Bonterra Farms, a Frisian horse training facility owned by Blythe – a painter, art historian, and collaborator of her husband’s books – in New Hampshire
He told him that the affair with the trainer “has and will continue,” her lawsuit said, and admitted to an appointment with a political official at their vacation home on the island of Anguilla.
At the time of the divorce, Blythe claims that Dan “convinced” her that she had “full knowledge” of the wealth they had accumulated during their marriage.
Blythe, a horse lover involved in horse and cart driving competitions, insisted she only file the lawsuit to stand up for herself and assert her ‘self-esteem’.
“We’ve worked so hard together and struggled to build something meaningful. With great success, our promises came together that we would not let ourselves or our lives change together, “she said in a statement Tuesday.
“I don’t recognize the man who became Dan. It is time to reveal his deception and betrayal. After so much pain, it is time for the truth. It is time to correct these mistakes. ‘
In the lawsuit, Blythe claims that when she asked Dan about upcoming projects, he told her he had nothing in the works.
But she says she later learned that her ex-husband was working on several new projects, including a television series called Langdon, based on the main character from The Da Vinci Code.
Dan Brown said in a statement that he was “baffled” by the charges, calling the complaint “written without regard to the truth.”
He said he never misled his ex-wife on their finances during their divorce and that she got half of their belongings after the divorce.
“For reasons known only to her and possibly her lawyer, Blythe Brown has made through this suit a fictional and vengeful account of aspects of our marriage that are meant to hurt and embarrass me,” Brown said Tuesday. a statement.
However, the most explosive allegations are the extramarital affairs. Describing Brown’s behavior as “ illegal and blatant, ” Blythe said she heard of it only after the couple divorced in 2019 after 21 years of marriage
Born in New Hampshire, Brown has had a string of bestsellers, but is best known for ‘The Da Vinci Code,’ a puzzle-filled thriller that was turned into a movie starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou (depicted in a 2006 film scene )
A native of New Hampshire who graduated from Amherst College, Brown has had a string of bestsellers, but is best known for ‘The Da Vinci Code,’ a puzzle-filled thriller that introduced readers to the idea that Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene married were with children.
The plot outraged Church officials and scholars.
In her lawsuit, Blythe portrayed herself as inspiring Brown to give up songwriting after the pair met in 1990 and recognized his “unlimited fiction writing potential.” Brown also briefly worked as a teacher.
She also claims that she helped create key themes and ideas for many of his books, “has served as the principal investigator, first-line editor and critic, and Dan’s literary partner was in the fullest sense of the word.”
“Indeed, Blythe and Dan formed a partnership in the literary world that would last nearly thirty years and take them to places they could never have imagined,” the lawsuit claims unspecified damages.
Brown said he always acknowledged his ex-wife’s contributions.
“The claim that I have not honestly acknowledged my ex-wife’s literary contributions is false,” he said.
During a lawsuit in 2006 against the publisher of ‘The Da Vinci Code’, the court heard how Blythe made an essential contribution to his million-selling historical thriller.
Two authors sued unsuccessfully, claiming that Brown appropriated the architecture of their book in a high-profile London trial.
According to court testimony and testimony, Blythe led the massive investigation effort, provided numerous notes and suggestions, and provided an invaluable “feminine perspective” for a book immersed in “the sacred feminine.”
In 2017, Brown told DailyMail.com, “I wrote about the Louvre and the Grail, but it was Blythe who told me to write about Mary Magdalene too. I probably wouldn’t have written [The Da Vinci Code] without hair. She is a great researcher. ‘
The lawsuit comes just days after it was revealed that The Da Vinci Code, which has sold – and counts – 100 million copies since it was published 17 years ago, is on its way to the British stage, with a world premiere on a national tour next spring begins.
Brown told DailyMail.com on Friday that he is ‘incredibly excited’ to see the novel ‘I plunged into my heart almost 20 years ago … go from page to stage’.
The two-hour show begins on April 3, 2021 on a 33-week tour and begins at the Churchill Theater in Bromley in the UK.