Disgraced former doctor Geoffrey Edelsten has been accused of hiring a man to stab and bash a former business partner, a Florida court has heard.
In an emergency motion filed in a Florida court, it is alleged Edelsten, who has recently split with reality TV star wife Brynne Edelsten, conspired to have ex-business partner Rafael Mawardi stabbed five times and beaten by a masked assailant.
Mawardi alleged that he needed 60 stitches as a result of last week's attack and that the "rapid delivery of emergency medical care" saved his life.
Mawardi has also asked the court to prevent Edelsten from being within one kilometre of him and his family to halt the threat of "violence and stalking", according to Fairfax.
"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 said in the motion.
It is also alleged Edelsten told Rafael Mawardi that he would be "permanently silenced" if he told wife Brynne about an alleged tryst with a woman Edelsten met online.
In the Florida court, Mawardi likened his alleged assault to Edelsten's 1990 conviction for soliciting the hitman known as 'Mr Rent-a-Kill' to bash a former patient, which contributed to him being struck off as a doctor.
However, the lawyer for the 70-year-old Australian entrepreneur has claimed there is "no link whatsoever" between the two incidents.
The former business partners have been locked in a bitter legal battle over a number of international assets, including a casino, a jet, a fashion label and two housing complexes.
The court case is said to be taking a toll on Edelsten, who declared bankruptcy in Ohio in January.