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Guy Sebastian’s former manager Titus Day pleads not guilty to embezzlement

Guy Sebastian’s former manager Titus Day has pleaded not guilty to 61 charges alleging that he embezzled more than $1million from the Battle Scars singer.

According to news.com.au, Mr. Day attended court on Friday via video link where he formally entered the pleas. 

The 48-year-old will go on trial in May 2022 amid allegations he embezzled royalties and performance fees from Sebastian. 

Not guilty: Guy Sebastian’s former manager Titus Day has pleaded not guilty to 61 charges alleging that he embezzled more than $1million from the Battle Scars singer

He was mentioned in Downing Centre District Court in April after police accused him of stealing over $1million from Guy, 39, between 2013 and 2020.

Judge Warwick Hunt set the trial date for May 2, 2022, with an expected duration of four weeks.  

Day was arrested last year, with police alleging that he was ‘calculating’ in deciding what money to keep and what to hand over while working as Guy’s manager.

Police claimed that Guy had entrusted Day to manage his income while they worked together.

Scandal: The 48-year-old will go on trial in May 2022 amid allegations he embezzled royalties and performance fees from Sebastian. Pictured performing at the ARIA Awards in Sydney in November 2019

Scandal: The 48-year-old will go on trial in May 2022 amid allegations he embezzled royalties and performance fees from Sebastian. Pictured performing at the ARIA Awards in Sydney in November 2019

An overseas company called Premier Muzik allegedly made over 20 payments into a ‘trust account’ for Guy’s services between 2015 and this year.

Despite this, it is alleged that the former Australian Idol winner only received five of the payments.  

The celebrity agent was hit with 61 charges in July last year, after Guy accused him of defrauding him of a staggering $1.15million.

Trouble with the law: Day was mentioned in Downing Centre District Court on Friday after police accused him of stealing over $1million from Guy, 39, between 2013 and 2020

Trouble with the law: Day was mentioned in Downing Centre District Court on Friday after police accused him of stealing over $1million from Guy, 39, between 2013 and 2020

The allegations were made after their professional relationship spectacularly imploded in 2017. 

Speaking about the ordeal in a sit-down interview with SBS program The Feed in October, Guy reflected on why his rift with Titus was particularly painful. 

‘Management relationship, it’s very unique. You have to bare all of your weaknesses and warts and all for them to effectively manage you,’ he explained. 

'You become very close, but in particular in this instance, our kids were best friends,' Guy said of his friendship with Day. Pictured with wife Jules and sons Hudson and Archie

‘You become very close, but in particular in this instance, our kids were best friends,’ Guy said of his friendship with Day. Pictured with wife Jules and sons Hudson and Archie

‘And so you become very close, but in particular in this instance, our kids were best friends.’ 

Guy shares sons Hudson, nine, and Archie, seven, with his wife of 13 years, Jules, while Titus has three children with his wife, Courtney, a former Sony executive. 

‘It was such a great thing that we had going. I’m just confused by it all, if I’m being honest,’ he continued.

Taking inspiration: Guy used the split from Titus as inspiration for his song Before I Go, which is the lead single from his album, T.R.U.T.H.

Taking inspiration: Guy used the split from Titus as inspiration for his song Before I Go, which is the lead single from his album, T.R.U.T.H.

Guy used the split from Titus as inspiration for his song Before I Go, which is the lead single from his album, T.R.U.T.H.

He left Titus’ 6 Degrees agency in November 2017, and claims he is owed $200,000 over alleged breach of contract, as well as performance and other fees, the Sydney Morning Herald reported in September last year. 

Meanwhile, Titus, whose agency went into liquidation in July 2019, says he is owed $800,000 by the singer and his stylist wife, Jules.   

'Management relationship, it's very unique. You have to bare all of your weaknesses and warts and all for them to effectively manage you,' he explained

‘Management relationship, it’s very unique. You have to bare all of your weaknesses and warts and all for them to effectively manage you,’ he explained

‘What we are owed is still being calculated but I estimate between Guy, his wife and the Sebastian Foundation, 6 Degrees is owed $800,000,’ he told The Daily Telegraph in August 2018.

Guy parted ways with his longtime manager during an ’emotional meeting’ in November 2017.

The successful duo had worked together since 2005, two years after Guy triumphed as winner of Australian Idol.   

Bad blood: Guy parted ways with his longtime manager during an 'emotional meeting' in November 2017

Bad blood: Guy parted ways with his longtime manager during an ’emotional meeting’ in November 2017


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