Sunday May 28, 2023

Guy Sebastian manager found guilty of embezzlement after lengthy trial



Guy Sebastian’s former manager has been found guilty of embezzling the singer and talent show judge’s money.

Titus Day, 49, was accused of failing to pay Sebastian more than $880,000 in royalties, ambassadorships and performance fees between 2015 and 2020.

Day pleaded not guilty to 47 counts of embezzlement.

After deliberating for almost a week, a jury of six men and four women on Thursday found Day guilty of some of the charges and not guilty of others.

In a trial that has run for almost two months, Sebastian gave evidence that Day controlled almost every aspect of his professional affairs, including contracts.

Day, in turn, denied any wrongdoing and alleged Sebastian owed him money.

Jurors were reportedly issued calculators to help them decipher the extensive financial records in evidence, as well as an unsigned contract Day sent to Sebastian.

The trial was plagued by delays, including the death of the first judge, Peter Zahra SC, and some jurors becoming ill.


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