Geoffrey Edelsten attempted to choke his then-wife Brynne in a frenzied attack after she confronted him about cheating with multiple women, she has alleged.
Brynne Gordon claimed he wrapped a hairband around her neck until she couldn’t breathe just over two years into their marriage in explosive court documents filed as she sues his estate.
The documents allege Edelsten became violent in March 2012 when he realised she was phoning ‘numerous’ women he had secretly arranged to hook up with during a business trip to the United States.
Gordon is suing Edelsten’s estate for proper maintenance and support after she was left out of will and never reached a divorce settlement after their 2013 separation.
Brynne Gordon claimed that he wrapped a hairband around her neck until she couldn’t breathe just over two years into their marriage in explosive court documents filed as she sues his estate
The documents allege Edelsten became violent in March 2012 when he realised she was phoning ‘numerous’ women he had secretly arranged to hook up with
The explosive affidavit, filed in the Supreme Court of Victoria, said she made the calls after discovering his plans to cheat in text messages and email exchanges.
All hell broke loose when Edelsten realised what she was doing, documents state.
He chased her around their Melbourne penthouse apartment and punched her in the chest, Brynne alleges.
She managed to ‘kick’ him away and as she caught her breath Edelsten reached to pull her hair tie down, wrapping it around her neck and choking her, the affidavit alleged.
‘I could not breathe and began coughing and gasping for air.’
When she tossed away his phone, he let go and scrambled to retrieve it.
The documents said called police over the assault, but because of the likelihood of unwanted publicity, didn’t formalise an intervention order.
They saw a marriage counsellor twice afterwards, the affidavit stated, because of his ‘physical and verbal abuse’ as well as his cheating.
They saw a marriage counsellor twice afterward the alleged violent incident, the affidavit stated, because of his ‘physical and verbal abuse’ as well as his cheating
But Edelsten didn’t take the sessions seriously.
Instead, he complained about the cost of the counselling, denied having cheated and ridiculed her as ‘obese’.
Gordon’s affidavit included claims Edelsten was cheating before they even married, in November 2009 and that his infidelity continued throughout their five year marriage.
Court documents included an email, apparently from Edelsten to a woman on a dating website in 2010.
In it he claimed to have been included in a list of Australia’s 10 sexiest people alongside Huge Jackman, Mel Gibson, Naomi Watts, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe.
The new revelations come after Daily Mail Australia exclusively revealed he offered her a $50million ‘deal’ to marry him just two weeks after they met in Las Vegas.
It’s claimed Edelsten sent an astonishing email to Brynne in October 2008, a fortnight after the pair met, saying he was ‘entranced’ and ‘besotted’ by her – before he outlined his financial proposal.
‘Please read carefully and respond if you wish before midnight tonight or this proposal lapses,’ it’s claimed Edelsten wrote on October 31.
Gordon’s affidavit included claims Edelsten was cheating before they even married, in November 2009 and that his infidelity continued throughout their five year marriage
The bombshell email obtained by Daily Mail Australia claims to detail Geoffrey’s $50million proposal
‘I have never felt this way before. And you gave me the impression that you liked me also. If this was not true then you are a f**king good actress.
Edelsten allegedly went into detail about the eight perks the proposal would entitle Brynne, including an all-expenses-paid apartment ‘at least twice as good’ as one she could afford.
‘I’ll provide you with a brand new motor vehicle more befitting a classy lady like you. An upmarket brand, perhaps a convertible. It will make your friends green with envy,’ he wrote.
‘I’ll pay you twice as much as you earn now and increase these payments monthly until you receive $100,000 per year.
It’s claimed Edelsten told Brynne he only wanted her to work ‘very few hours per week’ so she could ‘undertake study, training and travel’.
‘If we are together at the end of a year I will bequeath you to $1million and this will occur at the end of each year.
‘We will marry after one year engagement. We will sign a prenup but you will receive a bequest of a minimum of $10million.’
Brynne Edelsten married Geoffrey Edelsten in a $3million wedding in 2009. She was 27 at the time and he was 67
Edelsten told Brynne she would receive ‘everything plus some charitable donations’ if they were still married when he died.
‘That will exceed $50million plus.’
He ended the email by saying all the terms in his proposal were subject to one condition: ‘No infidelity’.
Gordon is suing Edelsten’s estate, claiming he failed to provide for her in the manner he promised.
Edelsten was found dead in his Melbourne home aged 78 in June 2021.
Her affidavit claims after they split in December 2013 she was in financial distress, having only $79.28 in her bank account.
For a time she lived on instant noodles and microwave meals and was also homeless.
Despite remaining in the spotlight, she has struggled since and earned a taxable income of less than $13,000 in 2020 and 2021.
‘I was then [at the time of separation], and am now, in a poor financial position and I have not received any entitlements as a spouse of Geoffrey whilst he was alive, nor under his will. He has failed to make proper provision for me,’ she said in her affidavit.
Gordon is taking action against Michael John Webb and Lindsay Lawrence Hosking as the executors of Edelsten’s will.