Edelsten caught in blackmail row

Mr Edelsten and Rafael ‘Alfie’ Mawardi, from Florida, have launched countersuits in the US District Court after they fell out over a chain of fashion stores and other businesses, says The Herald Sun.

The 69-year-old claimed in the court documents that Mr Mawardi threatened to destroy Brynne's reputation and her reality TV series, which aired in Australia this year.

Mr Edelsten went to Florida in September to find out what happened to the $18 million he claimed to have invested in various business partnerships