Sat July 21, 2012 6:15am
CONTROVERSIAL businessman Geoffrey Edelsten wooed an American woman on an online dating site and then lavished gifts on her during a secret three-day getaway in Florida in March.
As Dr Edelsten's wife, Brynne, prepares to launch her reality TV series, Brynne: My Bedazzled Life, on Channel 7, her husband's lawyer confirmed the doctor met the woman online and paid for the Miami holiday.
The woman, from New Jersey, said Dr Edelsten sent her $2000, followed by $800 for a return plane ticket to Florida.
She says during the March weekend in Miami he showered her with expensive gifts, including a Louis Vuitton handbag, a Michael Kors watch and pocketbook, souvenirs from their hotel and expensive hotel day spa treatments.
When I spoke to him he told me he had separated from his wife, that they were living separate, that they were going to court, that they were getting a divorce.
But she says he then reported her to Florida police, claiming she had stolen a phone and money from him.
Dr Edelsten's legal representative, Michael Webb, yesterday confirmed the police report had occurred in March.
But he said Florida authorities had investigated and asked Dr Edelsten to withdraw his complaint in April.
The blonde, 32, claims she encountered Dr Edelsten on the sugardaddyforme dating site in late February. They corresponded for about 10 days before he suggested they meet when he was next in the US.
"When I spoke to him he told me he had separated from his wife, that they were living separate, that they were going to court, that they were getting a divorce," she said.
She said she spent three days with Dr Edelsten at the Hard Rock Hotel on March 16, 17 and 18. His lawyer denied they stayed in the same room, stating Dr Edelsten stayed at another venue but visited the woman daily.
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