THE details of what she said to the court are suppressed, but there is little doubt Stacy Da Silva's testimony yesterday afternoon would have been excruciatingly embarrassing to Geoffrey Edelsten.
As the 32-year-old sales rep from Lincoln, New Jersey, gave evidence via video link to the Victorian Supreme Court, the 69-year-old former medico stared at the carpet and fiddled with his by now presumably rather tarnished wedding ring.
Even as sound levels were being adjusted, Ms Da Silva - her long blonde hair pulled back severely - dabbed at her eyes with a handkerchief. Several times during her testimony she sobbed, and once became almost hysterical.
Yesterday morning, Dr Edelsten revealed that he had experienced a return of the brain tumour with which he was first diagnosed in 1991. It would, he said, eventually kill him.
After lunch, the court heard details from Ms Da Silva of a phone call Dr Edelsten's wife, Brynne, had made in June this year. ''I got a phone call from Brynne in Arizona, but I didn't answer because I didn't know the number,'' Ms Da Silva said.
''She left an abusive, disgusting message full of cursing and name calling.''
The 29-year-old American Brynne, who married Geoffrey Edelsten in January 2009, had been expected to appear but is believed to have since been removed from the witness list.
The case resumes tomorrow.