The ex-wife of "The Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown has filed a lawsuit alleging the man known for writing about conspiracies and secret societies led a double life during their marriage that included a tryst with a Dutch horse trainer and other affairs.
In her lawsuit filed in New Hampshire, 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 due out in September.
Blythe Brown accuses the author of secretly diverting funds to pay for gifts to an unnamed horse trainer, including several Friesian horses and financing for his lover's horse training business. She alleges the "illegal behavior" took place in New Hampshire, Europe and the Caribbean. "Dan has lived a proverbial life of lies for at least the past six years," the lawsuit claims.
Dan Brown, in a statement, 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 in 2019 after 21 years of marriage 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," he said.
21 Savage boosts kids' financial literacy
Rapper 21 Savage will launch a free online financial literacy education program for youth sheltered at home during the pandemic. The Grammy winner announced his new Bank Account At Home nationwide initiative on Wednesday. His efforts will include a partnership with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to provide free Wi-Fi and tablets for disadvantaged students in the city. 21 Savage said he wants to empower youth to manage their money. "I feel like it's important more than ever to give our next generation the tools to succeed in life," he said. His program will work with mobile banking service provider Chime and EverFi, an education technology platform. The rapper launched his Bank Account program in 2018 to teach financial literacy to teenage students across the U.S.
Changing: Netflix said it will move as much as $100 million, or 2% of its cash holdings, to financial institutions that focus on Black communities. It is intended to address a longstanding problem that these communities face: a lack of capital for the banks and other lenders that service them. In June, the company's chief executive, Reed Hastings, pledged $120 million to support scholarships at historically Black colleges and universities. The move on Tuesday aims to fight racial inequality not through charity, but via a routine commercial aspect of its business. Netflix will start with $35 million, split two ways: $25 million in financing for a new fund, the Black Economic Development Initiative, that will itself invest in Black financial institutions; and depositing $10 million with the Hope Credit Union. These institutions join the roughly 30 banks worldwide that Netflix uses to hold its cash.
Fired: Fox News fired daytime news anchor Ed Henry after an investigation of sexual misconduct in the workplace. The network said it had received a complaint last Thursday from an attorney about the misconduct. An outside investigator was hired and, based on the results of that inquiry, Fox fired Henry. Henry, who co-anchored "America's Newsroom" between 9 a.m. and noon on weekdays, had slowly rehabilitated his career on Fox following a four-month leave of absence that ended in 2017 after reports he had conducted an extramarital affair with a Las Vegas cocktail waitress.