'Da Vinci Code' Author Dan Brown, Ex-Wife Settle Lawsuit Over Alleged Affairs, Finances

Dan Brown, the bestselling author of "The Da Vinci Code" and several other popular novels, has reached a settlement with his ex-wife who alleged in a lawsuit that he led a secret life and had several affairs during the course of their 21-year marriage.

Dan Brown and Blythe Brown will voluntarily dismiss the lawsuit, along with "any and all claims and counterclaims in this matter," according to court papers filed Monday.

Blythe Brown filed the lawsuit last year in a New Hampshire court, describing her former spouse's behavior as "unlawful and egregious." She also alleged that Dan Brown secretly diverted money to purchase gifts for a horse trainer who was not named.

"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 stated. "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."

No additional details on the terms of their Monday settlement were immediately available.

"Blythe Brown and Dan Brown have reached an amicable resolution of their disagreements, and will have no further comment," Harvey Wolkoff, Blythe Brown's attorney, said in a statement. "They request that their desire for privacy and closure be respected."

Dan Brown Settlement
"Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown, a resident of New Hampshire, has settled a lawsuit that was filed by his ex-wife, Blythe Brown, over allegations that he led a secret life during their marriage that included several affairs, according to court papers. Above, Dan Brown is seen in Berlin on October 10, 2016. Markus Schreiber/AP Photo

Blythe Brown also claimed credit for inspiring much of his work and coming up with the premise for "The Da Vinci Code." She 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.

Brown, a New Hampshire native, has had a string of bestsellers but is best known for "The Da Vinci Code," a puzzle-filled thriller that introduced readers to the notion that Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene were married with children. The plot outraged church officials and scholars.

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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Dan Brown Settles With Ex-Wife
Blythe Brown, the ex-wife of "Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown, filed a lawsuit last year in a New Hampshire court, describing her former spouse's behavior as "unlawful and egregious." Above, Dan Brown presents the Portuguese edition of his book "Origin" onstage at Centro Cultural de Belem on October 15, 2017, in Lisbon, Portugal. Horacio Villalobos/Corbis via Getty Images