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Guy Sebastian’s manager Titus Day is found NOT guilty of three embezzlement charges


Guy Sebastian’s manager is found NOT GUILTY of three charges of embezzling cash star in sensational trial that revealed pop star’s huge paydays for corporate gigs and high-society weddings – but still faces 47 more counts of stealing almost $900,000

  • Pop star recalled to NSW District Court in ongoing trial of his former manager 
  • Guy Sebastian has accused his former manager Titus Day of embezzlement
  • Texts revealed Sebastian was messaging a witness while giving evidence 
  • ‘Everything I did was by the book,’ Sebastian told the court on Monday

Guy Sebastian’s former manager has been found not guilty of three charges after being accused of stealing almost $900,000 from the pop star.

Titus Day was acquitted by a NSW District Court jury of three counts of embezzlement in the middle of a lengthy trial on Thursday.

Judge Tim Gartelmann ordered the jury to return not guilty verdicts for three charges of embezzlement after prosecutors admitted Day had no case to answer.

Day managed Sebastian via 6 Degrees between 2009 and 2017 and is accused of embezzling Sebastian out of almost $900,000 between 2013 and 2020.

The 49-year-old has pleaded not guilty to 50 charges including fraudulently embezzling money allegedly owed to Sebastian through royalties and performance fees.

Guy Sebastian (pictured with wife Jules) has been hauled back for questioning in the trial of his former manager in the NSW District Court

Guy Sebastian (pictured with wife Jules) has been hauled back for questioning in the trial of his former manager in the NSW District Court

Guy Sebastian is suing his former manager Titus Day (pictured outside court)

Guy Sebastian is suing his former manager Titus Day (pictured outside court)

He also denies 50 alternative counts of larceny, or stealing.

Day says Sebastian owed him money on commissions, gifts he received, and for flights that he claims he paid for to attend the groom’s Venice wedding.

Judge Gartelmann said the prosecution had not proven Day stole a combined $14,600 on those three counts and they must be thrown out.

Sebastian was earlier this week hauled back for questioning after sending text messages to a witness about evidence in court.

The inaugural Australian Idol winner completed his cross-examination on May 24 but was recalled to the NSW District Court this week after another witness revealed the pair exchanged text messages about disputed evidence before that date.

In 2016, Christian Bugno arranged for the entertainer to perform at his Venice wedding, and says his father paid for the business-class flights of Sebastian and his then-manager Titus Emanuel Day.

Last week the witness revealed Sebastian texted him on May 23 at 12.27am local time in Las Vegas, where Mr Bugno lives, saying: ‘Brother sorry but this is so urgent cause I’m in court’.

The exchange of texts between Guy Sebastian and Christian Bugno while the former Australian Idol winner was in the witness stand.

The exchange of texts between Guy Sebastian and Christian Bugno while the former Australian Idol winner was in the witness stand.

Day’s barrister Dominic Toomey SC asked for Sebastian to be recalled to question him about this.

While Sebastian was ordered by Judge Timothy Gartelmann not to discuss his evidence ‘you are to give,’ he was given an exemption on May 23 to meet with the Crown about past testimony.

‘Did you think you were not in breach of that direction?’ Mr Toomey said.

‘Everything I did was by the book,’ Sebastian said

After he was presented with an ‘incorrect invoice’ in court, he knew Mr Bugno would have the records of paying for the flights so he thought it obvious to ask him for them, Sebastian said.

Mr Bugno testified he initially repeatedly contacted a company called Vogue Entertainment to arrange for Sebastian to perform at the wedding.

But when he had no response, he contacted the singer directly.

He said he did not receive any invoice from Vogue but paid the performance fee to Day’s company, Six Degrees.

Mr Toomey quizzed Sebastian about the meeting he had with crown prosecutor David Morters SC and his junior counsel.

‘I said to the Crown I know I can text him directly. I know Mr Day didn’t pay for the flights, so I got the information that I know they would need, not just my word for it,’ Sebastian said.

Meanwhile, a juror was formally discharged due to personal reasons, leaving 12 remaining members on the panel.

Guy Sebastian (pictured) insists everything he did was by the book, the court heard on Monday

Guy Sebastian (pictured) insists everything he did was by the book, the court heard on Monday

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