Geoffrey Edelsten: accused in US court of orchestrating the stabbing and bashing of a former US business partner.

Geoffrey Edelsten: accused in US court of orchestrating the stabbing and bashing of a former US business partner. Photo: Simon O'Dwyer

Geoffrey Edelsten has been accused in a US court of orchestrating the stabbing and bashing of a former US business partner with whom he has been feuding.

The disgraced former doctor allegedly conspired with Miami figure Liron Ben-Shimon, described in court papers as a ''dangerous individual'', to have Rafael Mawardi stabbed five times and beaten in broad daylight by a masked assailant.

In an emergency motion filed with a Florida court, Mr Mawardi said he needed 60 stitches following the attack last week and his life was saved only ''because of the rapid delivery of emergency medical care''.

Mr Mawardi asked the court to prevent Mr Edelsten from coming within 1000 yards - almost one kilometre - of him and his family in an effort to stop the threat of ''violence and stalking''.

He drew parallels between the assault and Mr Edelsten's 1990 conviction for soliciting notorious hitman Christopher Dale Flannery, also known as ''Mr Rent-A-Kill'', to bash a former patient. The conviction was one of the factors that led to Mr Edelsten being struck off as a doctor.

Mr Edelsten's lawyer, Michael Webb of Webb Korfiatis, said there was ''no evidence whatsoever that Mr Edelsten was involved in any alleged assault''.

''The allegations of Mawardi are denied. It is a matter of lawyers' tactics.''

Mr Edelsten and the Mawardi family have been locked in a legal battle over control of a string of international assets that include fashion label House of Nurielle, a casino in the Dominican Republic, a luxury jet and two slum rental housing complexes in Memphis, Tennessee, and Dayton, Ohio.

The court case has taken a heavy toll on the flamboyant entrepreneur, who declared bankruptcy in Ohio in January and has separated from his wife, reality TV star Brynne.

Mr Edelsten has publicly blamed the Mawardis for the collapse of his marriage. The Mawardis allege Mr Edelsten previously threatened Rafael Mawardi over Mr Edelsten's ''tryst'' with New Jersey woman Stacy Da Silva, whom he met on dating website sugardaddyforme.com.

The Mawardis claim Mr Edelsten said Rafael Mawardi would be ''permanently silenced'' if he told Brynne about Ms Da Silva.

''Edelsten also intimated a number of times that if the matter was not settled to his satisfaction, Liron Ben-Shimon, a dangerous individual, would resolve the matter for him,'' the Mawardis said in the emergency motion, filed with the Broward County Court on Monday (US time).

Mr Mawardi said that despite the mask he recognised the man who attacked him as Mr Ben-Shimon's brother, Oshrit, and that the assailant paused when Mr Mawardi ''called out 'Oshrit' after he was running away''.

''Because the Mawardis are fearful for their lives, safety and for that of their family and young children, the court must immediately enter an order enjoining any further acts of violence or stalking by Edelsten or any individual action on his behalf or at his request,'' the Mawardis told the court.