The Voice coach Guy Sebastian’s epic lawsuit with Titus Day continues

Guy Sebastian’s messy showdown with his ex-manager has given fans a front row seat to a breakup that’s more extreme than most.

From claims of punctures, threatening voicemails and headbutts, to insults about ‘fat’ women and details of huge performance payments – Guy Sebastian’s messy showdown with his former manager has put fans front rows for a breakup that’s more extreme than most. .

The Voice judge and former Australian Idol winner was exclusively led by Titus Day, 49, between 2009 and 2017.

After a bitter altercation, the once inseparable duo parted ways and it was after their relationship ended that Mr Sebastian, 40, claimed to have discovered a series of anomalies that police believe were fraudulent.

Mr. Sebastian claimed that Mr. Day owed him money and filed a civil suit in federal court in 2018.

Mr Day responded by taking legal action himself, claiming it was he who owed money to Mr Sebastian.

The legal proceedings did not lead to a solution and in 2020 Mr Day was arrested by police who charged him with 50 cases of fraudulent embezzlement of approximately $900,000 in royalties, ambassadors and performance payments that Mr Sebastian allegedly owed.

Mr Day’s trial began in the NSW District Court on 3 May after he pleaded not guilty to all charges.

After initial delays caused by the death of the original presiding judge Peter Zahra SC and the Covid diagnosis of Mr Sebastian, the trial was resumed and the singer acted as the first witness to testify over a seven-day period. .

Reporting questioned

During a cross-examination by attorney Dominic Toomey SC, Sebastian told the court that a police officer came to his home to record a statement about Mr Day.

The officer was Detective David Murphy, a friend of Mr Sebastian’s best mate, Tim Freeburn.

“I said, ‘I’m very careful to just talk to anyone, do you know any police that are reliable?’,” Mr Sebastian told the court.

“I presented David Murphy with what I had.”

The court was told that Mr Freeburn and Detective Murphy had known each other from their time playing cricket together for the Sutherland Cricket Club.

Mr Sebastian generally referred to the detective as “Murph” during his testimony, which Mr Toomey eagerly jumped on as a sign of an overly familiar relationship. The music star denied the suggestion, noting that he had spent a long time in front of the detective due to the pending lawsuits.

“I’ve known him through this process for quite a few years,” said Mr Sebastian.

“I don’t know…I don’t remember saying it,” he said when asked if he had told anyone in the NSW office of the Director of Public Prosecutions that his best buddy was an acquaintance. from the police officer in charge of investigating Mr. Day.

AVO shock

The first meeting between Mr Sebastian and the police took place two days after he received an application for an abiding warrant of violence (AVO) submitted by Mr Day.

“On May 20, 2020 at 6pm I got a call from a blocked number saying ‘Guy Sebastian wants you to get fucked… they say it’s wrong, they say you’re a pedophile,'” Day claimed in the AVO. petition read in court.

“The man has a history of violence that I know of and my wife is scared. He knows where I live and my wife suffers from anxiety because of his behavior.”

In the AVO filing, Mr. Day claimed that Mr. Sebastian sent threatening emails to his wife and also claimed that someone had cut his tires. Sebastian denied the charges of harassing behavior in court.

Mr Sebastian said he refers to a history of violence related to an incident in his past where he acted in self-defense.

“I had a newborn baby sleeping, I was in my recording studio…I got a call from my wife about this person trying to get into our house through my little boy’s window and as a result I came home,” Mr Sebastian told the court.

“When I got home, the man who tried to break in was still there. I chased him.”

However, the court heard that the singer told people different stories about what happened next.

When repeatedly asked if he had headbutted the intruder, Mr. Sebastian said no, but agreed that he later told some people that.

“While I was holding him, he tried to grab me…elbow me and kick me…he grabbed my” [motorbike] helmet,” said Mr Sebastian.

“I’ve told people I knocked him out…I didn’t headbutt him…I agree I told people I headbutted him.”

Huge costs

While discussing some of the disputed cases where Mr Sebastian claimed he was either underpaid or unpaid by Mr Day, the court was told of the dazzling fees Mr Sebastian was charging for performing.

For supporting American pop star Taylor Swift in four concerts, Mr. Sebastian raised $494,360.

A appearance at a rugby match at Allianz Stadium netted him $49,000, while a Big Bash cricket appearance at the MCG on New Year’s Day netted him around $60,000.

To perform at a wedding in Jakarta, Mr. Sebastian charged about $54,000.

A in-kind agreement with Toyota was worth about $140,000, McDonald’s paid Mr. Sebastian $66,000 to appear at a conference, and Harvey Norman paid $33,000 for another appearance.

A Dreamworld ambassador role was worth $96,250 and he even received a boat from Bluefin instead of being paid for concert performances.

Blemish revealed

In addition to Mr Sebastian’s fees, his choice of words to describe a particular demographic also came into the limelight when he testified.

While considering the idea of ​​opening for former Irish boy band singer Shane Filan, Sebastian said in an email that it was “a big investment”.

“When she spoke to Sammy, who was doing a similar tour, she said they were all fat, older wild women,” Sebastian wrote in the email.

“Are we destroying companies for it?” he said.

In court, Mr Sebastian said he was “not proud” of the email.

Payments made

Earlier in the process, Mr Sebastian was presented with a series of documents showing that there were bank transfers from Mr Day’s former company’s account and to his.

In one case, the court was told about $138,000 in royalties Sony Music had paid to Mr. Day’s company in July 2014.

Mr Sebastian agreed that documents presented in court show that Mr Day correctly withheld a 20 percent commission and deposited approximately $111,000 into his bank account.

While the correct amount had been transferred, the court heard that Mr Day was charged with failing to pay Mr Sebastian correctly.

The court was told that there were at least three more occasions when the correct amount had been transferred by Mr Day, but he had been charged.

When Mr Toomey asked Mr Sebastian if he was paying attention when the police went through the bank documents before the charges were filed, Mr Sebastian said: “There was definitely a lot to go through.”

“From what you’re presenting to me, it looks like the numbers are right…it’s a mistake,” Mr. Sebastian told Mr. Toomey.

The process continues.

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