Da Vinci Code Author, Ex Settle Suit Over Alleged Secret Life

The terms were not disclosed
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 28, 2021 2:29 PM CST
Da Vinci Code Author Settles Ex's Suit Alleging Secret Life
In this Oct. 10, 2016 file photo, author Dan Brown is seen in Berlin, Germany.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown and his ex-wife have agreed to settle a lawsuit in which she alleged he led a secret life during their marriage that included several affairs. The couple agreed to voluntary dismiss the lawsuit and "any and all claims and counterclaims in this matter," according to court papers filed Monday in a New Hampshire court. "Blythe Brown and Dan Brown have reached an amicable resolution of their disagreements, and will have no further comment," Blythe Brown's attorney Harvey Wolkoff said in a statement. "They request that their desire for privacy and closure be respected." No further details on the settlement were provided, reports the AP.

In her lawsuit filed last year, Blythe Brown called her ex-husband’s behavior “unlawful and egregious” and accused the bestselling author of secretly diverting funds to pay for gifts to an unnamed horse trainer. Blythe Brown also claimed credit for inspiring much of his work and coming up with the premise for The Da Vinci Code. During a 2006 trial against the publisher of the The Da Vinci Code, the court heard how Blythe Brown was an essential contributor to the thriller. Two authors unsuccessfully sued, claiming that Brown "appropriated the architecture" of their book in a high-profile London court case.

Blythe Brown also alleged that Brown hid scores of future projects worth "millions" from her, including a television series as well as a children’s book. At the time of the lawsuit, Dan Brown said he was "stunned" by the allegations and called the complaint "written without regard for the truth." He said he never misled his ex-wife on their finances during their divorce and that she ended up with half their holdings after they split up. The couple divorced in 2019 after 21 years of marriage.

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