Downfall of an '80s Playboy rock goddess

Last updated 17:06 26/09/2013
Brandi Brandt

Busted? Former Playboy playmate Brandi Brandt has been extradited to Australia.

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Brandi Brandt was the quintessential California rock goddess of the 1980s and early '90s, a Playboy model and actor with big hair best known for marrying Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx.

Today, Brandt sits in a jail cell inside the concrete, fortress-like Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in downtown Los Angeles awaiting extradition to Australia.

Brandt is accused of playing a role in a brazen US-Australia cocaine importation syndicate that hid packages of the drug on Qantas and United Airlines passenger planes that flew from California to Sydney and, after landing in the harbour city, were collected by employees of an airline catering company.

Brandt's former boyfriend and co-conspirator, Crusty Demons motorcycle stuntman Rusty Setser, is also locked up in a MDC cell awaiting extradition to Australia.

Both avoided lengthy court battles in Los Angeles by consenting to be extradited.

Brandt - who on the March 1990 cover of Playboy posed with real estate mogul and future reality TV star Donald Trump - apparently is holding up well in jail despite facing a maximum life jail sentence in Australia.

"Anyone who is in custody getting extradited to another country that is very far away would not be happy, I guess," Brandt's lawyer, Anthony Solis, said.

"She hasn't expressed any particular emotion about it."

Brandt could spend another two months locked up in the MDC before officials in Australia and the US complete the paperwork for her extradition, Solis said.

Brandt and Setser have been charged in Australia with one count of conspiracy to import a commercial quantity of cocaine and one count of dealing with the proceeds of crime worth A$100,000 or more.

Australian authorities allege Brandt, 44, flew from Los Angeles to Australia twice in 2007, but stayed in Australia for three days or less on both occasions.

She allegedly arrived in Sydney on November 4, 2007, on a Qantas plane, booked into the Swiss Grand Hotel at Bondi Beach and between November 5 and 7 transferred A$71,650 to herself in eight separate transactions via various banks.

After Setser was denied a visa to enter Australia, authorities said Brandt boarded a United Airlines flight that arrived in Sydney on December 2, 2007. Australian Customs officers, using a drug-sniffing dog, searched the United plane and found a 12-block package of cocaine hidden in a rubbish bin in a toilet at the rear of the aircraft.

Brandt allegedly flew back to LA the next day.

From July 23 to September 29, 2007, Brandt received 10 money wire transfers from various individuals in Australia, according to court documents.

Including the eight wire transfers Brandt sent to herself while in Australia, she received A$130,760 from Australia while Setser received A$138,205, according to court documents.

Authorities, who obtained text messages from Setser's mobile phone, allege he codenamed cocaine parcels as surfboards.

In one text message he allegedly sent to an Australian co-conspirator Setser wrote: "I need to run by you a package of boards that will blow your mind the foam is hands down the best on the market! These boards will blow your mind".

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Brandt married Sixx in 1989 and they had three children - Gunner, Decker and Storm - but one month after they divorced in 1996 Sixx married another Play-boy model and former Baywatch star, Donna D'Errico.


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