Geoffrey Edelsten’s ex-wife Brynne Gordon has made sensational claims he tried to choke her with her own headband after she caught him sending large sums of money to young women on ‘sugar daddy’ dating apps.
The 39-year-old reality star is suing Edelsten’s estate for maintenance and support in after his death last year.
Gordon claims she first learned Edelsten, who was 41 years her senior when they met, was unfaithful to her before they were married.
‘I found out that Geoffrey was having affairs with various other women. A lot of the communication with these women involved discussions about him transferring money to them,’ Gordon stated in a document tendered to the Supreme Court of Victoria and seen by the Herald Sun.
Gordon claims Edelsten caught her contacting the women through his phone on one occasion and ‘punched her in the chest’ at their Melbourne CBD penthouse.
Gordon claims she first learned Edelsten, who was 41 years her senior when they met, was unfaithful to her before they were married
‘I managed to kick him off me and sat on the couch to catch my breath,’ she said.
‘Geoffrey then came over to the couch and stood in front of me. I was wearing a stretchy cloth headband that wrapped around my head. He pulled that cloth down so that it was wrapped around my neck and began to choke me.
‘I could not breathe and began coughing and gasping for air. I threw Geoffrey’s phone across the room and he let go of the headband around my neck and retrieved his phone.’
She alleges police were called but she later decided not to press charges to avoid public scrutiny.
Gordon has also detailed the ‘highly lucrative’ marriage offer Edelsten promised her just two weeks after they met on a blind date.
In the affidavit, Gordon revealed she received an email on October 30, 2008 with the subject: ‘urgent $50 million-plus proposal’.
The email stated the proposal would lapse at midnight.
In the affidavit, Gordon revealed she received an email on October 30, 2008 with the subject: ‘urgent $50 million plus proposal’
Gordon, then 26, and Edelsten were engaged on December 6, 2008 and married in November 2009
‘I’ll pay you twice as much as you earn now and increase these payments monthly until you receive $100,000 per year. I will only want you working for very few hours per week so you can undertake study, training, travel, whatever you would like,’ the email read.
‘If we are together at the end of a year I will bequeath to you $1 million and this will occur at the end of each year. After 1 year I will ask you to marry me. If you agree then you will receive an engagement ring – large – costing more than $250,000.
‘We will marry after (a) one year engagement. We will sign a prenup but you will receive a bequest of a minimum of $10 million. All these terms are subject to no infidelity.’
Gordon, then 26, and Edelsten were engaged on December 6, 2008 and married in November 2009.
Gordon said in the affidavit she was dependent on Edelsten from the beginning of the relationship, and noted while he was generous with jewellery and ‘a glitzy lifestyle’, he did not deliver on all the promises he made.
Gordon has also detailed the ‘highly lucrative’ marriage offer Edelsten promised her just two weeks after they met during a blind date
She claims to have never received any spousal support from Edelsten after they separated, and is now taking legal action after she was left out of his will entirely.
When the pair finally separated in December 2013, Gordon claims she had just $79.28 to her name.
Any income she earned for the bulk of their relationship was paid directly to Edelsten, she claims, because of the visa he helped her arrange.
Edelsten was known to frequent sugar daddy dating websites and one email thread included in the affidavit revealed he had a two-year relationship with a woman during his marriage to Gordon.
Throughout the course of the relationship, the affidavit states Edelsten frequently sent the woman money and sexually explicit messages.
Gordon claims Edelsten verbally abused her when she confronted him about the correspondence, calling her a ‘wh**e’ among other degrading names
The woman was reportedly enraged when she learned Edelsten was still married and threatened to accuse him of rape if he did not buy her a Bentley, Range Rover, house and give her a business’.
Gordon claims Edelsten verbally abused her when she confronted him about the correspondence, calling her a ‘wh**e’ among other degrading names.
When Edelsten died on June 11, 2021, aged 78, he left an estate worth an estimated $1 million.
This money was gifted to friends, business associates, his son, the Carlton football club and various charities.