“The Da Vinci Code” author Dan Brown’s ex-wife has accused him of siphoning off some of his fortune to conduct “sordid, extramarital affairs” in a new lawsuit.
The mystery novelist, 56, and his ex Blythe Brown divorced last December (19), but in a lawsuit filed at the Rockingham Superior Court in New Hampshire on Monday, June 29, she alleges he engaged in “unlawful and egregious conduct” during their 22-year marriage.
Blythe, 68, is suing him for allegedly misrepresenting their shared wealth in a sworn financial affidavit given as part of their divorce agreement, and for intentionally and negligently inflicting emotional distress on her.
The painter and art historian tells The Boston Globe: “This lawsuit is about standing up for myself and asserting my self-worth. I have continually tried to absorb the shocking truth withheld during our divorce that Dan had been leading a double life for years during our marriage.”
The writer’s net worth has been estimated at more than $178 million (£143 million), earned from his Robert Langdon series of books – which have been adapted into films starring Tom Hanks.
In her lawsuit, Blythe, who according to evidence in the author’s victorious 2006 plagiarism case read through texts to help her husband, states that from 2014 Dan, “started to act distant, dressed differently, and instigated arguments”. They separated four years later.
She alleges that in 2014 her ex-husband embarked on an affair with a Dutch horse trainer who stayed at their home while recovering from shoulder surgery, claiming that he secretly bought her a horse worth $345,000 (£278,000), a new car, a horse transport truck, and paid for home improvements to her flat in her homeland.
Blythe claims she subsequently discovered he had conducted additional affairs with a “political official”, as well as his personal trainer.
“I trusted this man for decades as my life’s love,” she says. “I don’t recognise the man that Dan has become. It is time to reveal his deceit and betrayal. After so much pain, it is time for truth.”
Dan denies the allegations, standing by his original declarations, telling the Globe he is “stunned” by her “false claims.”
He adds: “On the day that Blythe and I married, I never remotely thought that we eventually would grow so far apart.”
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