Musician Guy Sebastian laughingly denied having a “history of violence” after being asked this question about his former manager in court.
Australian musician Guy Sebastian laughingly denied having a “history of abuse” after being asked if he threatened his former manager, who is accused of stealing nearly a million dollars from the star.
On Tuesday, the 40-year-old star testified in the New South Wales District Court on the last day of her testimony in the trial of her former manager Titus Day.
Mr. Day, 49, pleaded not guilty to 50 counts of fraudulently embezzling about $900,000 worth of honorariums, speeches and ambassadorial payments allegedly destined for Mr. Sebastian. He also denies 50 alternate counts of theft.
The couple worked together for eight years from 2009 to 2017, with Mr. Day controlling the financial flows through his company 6 Degrees.
When their relationship failed miserably, Mr. Sebastian claimed to have discovered that money owed to him was missing. He sued his former manager to recover money allegedly owed to him.
Mr Day responded with a counterclaim claiming Mr Sebastian owed him money, a claim the former Australian Idol winner and reality TV judge denies.
The court was told that in May 2020, Mr. Day issued an arrest warrant for Mr. Sebastian, allegedly fearing for his safety.
Crown Prosecutor David Morters said Mr Day told police that he and his wife had been targeted by Mr Sebastian, who he claimed was responsible for sending threatening emails to his wife and puncturing car tires.
“At 18:00 on May 20, 2020, I got a call from a blocked number and said: “Boy Sebastian wants you to fuck.” They say it’s wrong, they say you’re a pedophile,” Mr. Morters read from Mr. Day’s statement in the AVO’s filing with the court.
“The guy has a violent history that I know about and my wife is scared.”
Mr. Sebastian laughed and told the court that he did not participate in any of the alleged intimidations and did not ask anyone to do so.
“Not even close,” the musician chuckled when asked about his alleged violent past.
The court was told that the AVO’s application was withdrawn after Mr. Day was asked to provide evidence. Mr. Sebastian vehemently rejected defense counsel Dominic Toomey SC’s suggestion that he sought to “arm the criminal justice system” because he was concerned about negative publicity from the AVO.
The first Australian Idol winner told the court that he approached Mr Day and his wife when he discovered anomalies in his financial records to try to settle the matter amicably.
“He was the one who refused to date,” Mr. Sebastian said.
“He did it on purpose. He could take over this meeting and could tell me what I hoped to hear – that he did not go for it on purpose.
Mr. Sebastian said he went to a friendly police officer, whom he colloquially referred to as “Murph”, about the alleged embezzlement because he didn’t want to make the matter public.
“At the time, I was aware of Mr. Day’s instability,” Mr. Sebastian told the court.
Before breaking off relations, the musician said that he believed that his former manager manages his finances without his intervention.
“I trusted my manager. I don’t perform or check my account to see if I’ve been paid… I only check the accounts I use daily,” Mr. Sebastian said.
“My income stream is so complicated that I have to rely on Mr. Day. He’s the one who gets the money.”
In 2013, the court was told that Mr. Day had persuaded Mr. Sebastian to buy $200,000 (AU$281,600) of shares in My Medical Records, of which Mr. Day was a board member.
When the former cronies parted ways, the court was told that both Mr. Day and Mr. Sebastian were holding money owed to each other in the confrontation, while both sides demanded more information.
The court was told that Mr. Day withheld performance payments that he said were due to him as part of a predetermined commission, while Mr. Sebastian withheld a portion of Mr. Day’s legal commission in order to obtain clarification of the bills. , which supposedly did not add up.
Tuesday’s evidence got pretty heated at times, with Mr. Toomey asking Mr. Sebastian “if he’s making this up as he goes,” and the musician replied that the lawyer had offered “outright lies.”
“This is contrived, Mr. Toomey is holding on to straws,” Mr. Sebastian said at one point.
The musician completed his testimony by 2 pm on Tuesday and will perform a concert in Melbourne on Tuesday evening.