Guy Sebastian’s ex-manager Titus Day found guilty of embezzling star’s money

The jury decided whether Guy Sebastian’s former manager embezzled nearly $900,000 from the music star.

A jury has delivered a startling verdict in a long-running high-profile court case involving music star Guy Sebastian and his former manager.

Titus Day was accused of embezzling nearly $900,000 allegedly owed to the singer in the form of royalties from music, performances and payments to ambassadors.

The jury heard seven weeks of testimony from witnesses, including Mr. Sebastian, his wife Jules, accountants and the policeman who led the investigation, before reaching a decision.

In a unanimous decision released Thursday afternoon, the jury found Mr. Day guilty of some of the charges, but not all.

The verdict justifies a two-year legal battle brought by Mr. Sebastian to recover money missing from his accounts, which were managed by Mr. Day.

He became Mr. Sebastian’s manager in 2009 when he started his own 6 Degrees talent management business. The court was told they were close friends but broke up after a heated argument in 2017.

After the divorce, Mr. Sebastian claimed to have found anomalies in his financial records. He sued his former manager to recover the money owed to him.

Mr. Day countersued, claiming that he was the one Mr. Sebastian owed the money, a lawsuit that the reality TV judge dismissed.

Both men continued to claim that the other owed them money throughout a heated trial in Sydney’s Downing Center District Court.

Summarizing the facts of the case, Judge Tim Hartelmann told the jury that a guilty verdict would only be possible if the Crown proved that Mr. Sebastian’s former manager, estranged, had deliberately withheld money owed to the musician.

“It is not enough for the Crown to prove that he (Mr Day) did not really have the right to use the money in the way he did,” he said.

“The Crown must prove beyond reasonable doubt that he knew he had no right to use the money as he did at the time.”

Throughout the nearly two-month trial, Judge Hartelmann said the Crown argued that Mr. Day was an experienced celebrity manager who was aware of his actions when he handled Mr. Sebastian’s money.

The Crown argued that Mr Day “misappropriated the money” by taking it away and using it “for purposes other than the benefit of Mr Sebastian,” the judge said.

However, the defense attorney representing Mr. Day told the court that his client was entitled to reimbursement for the expenses he incurred while working for the Australian Idol winner.

“The defendant, according to the defense, clearly believed that he was owed money,” said Judge Hartelmann.

“The defense acknowledged that the defendant withheld (some) relevant payments … the defense contends that this was because Mr. Sebastian owed money to the defendant.”

The court was told that Mr Day used some of the money owed to Mr Sebastian, including about $39,000 for the British and Irish Lions rugby tour and about $187,000 for Taylor Swift’s opening act, to buy shares on its own behalf in a company called My. Medical records. The court heard that Mr. Day served on the company’s board of directors at the time.

After the end of their eight-year working relationship, Mr. Day told the court that he filed for the detention of The Voice’s judge out of fear for his safety because “Guy had a violent history.” Mr. Sebastian denied the claims and the application was rejected.

The lengthy litigation has been plagued by delays, including the death of the original judge assigned to the case, Mr Sebastian’s Covid-19 diagnosis, and health emergencies.

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