THE judge in Geoffrey Edelsten's case in the Supreme Court has labelled him and the woman he is suing, 32-year-old New Jersey sales rep Stacy da Silva, as unreliable witnesses.
Justice David Beach said yesterday he had found two of the witnesses in the case to be "very satisfactory" and two to be "highly unsatisfactory".
"And it won't surprise you to know that the very satisfactory ones are not parties [to the case] and the unsatisfactory ones are the parties," he said during final arguments on the third day of the trial.
He told Jonathan Korman, the lawyer representing Ms Da Silva: "About the only piece of evidence I'd be prepared to accept from your client is that Dr Edelsten lied to her from time to time".
Turning his attention to Georgina Schoff, SC, Justice Beach added: "And about the only evidence I'd accept from hers is that she lied a lot.
"As I sit here at the moment,the notion that I might accept anything uncorroborated from either of them is remote."
After a second day of testimony from Ms da Silva via video link from the United States — the details of which remain suppressed — closing arguments focused on the degree to which someone as well known as Mr Edelsten could expect the same right to privacy as an ordinary citizen.
Addressing the issue of suppression, Mr Korman said: "The more well known a person is, the less likely the court will be to protect that person from the disclosure of information.
"Most public figures adhere to the highest standards of behaviour in the knowledge that exposure comes at a social cost.
"The other path a high-profile figure can take is to continue in that behaviour and take whatever measures are available to ensure that behaviour is hidden from public view."
Justice Beach is expected to rule on the suppression order next Wednesday and deliver his judgment in the case the next day.
The 69-year-old Mr Edelsten is a former doctor and convicted criminal who once owned the Sydney Swans AFL team. He made his fortune in the 1980s with a new breed of medical super-clinics.
In 2009, he married then 25-year-old American Brynne Gordon, now the star of the reality TV show My Bedazzled Life.