Guy Sebastian’s former manager Titus Day accused of defrauding star out of $1.15m

Nick Hansen and Jonathon MoranThe Daily Telegraph
VideoSinger Guy Sebastian's former manager has been arrested overnight, accused of defrauding over $1 million.

Guy Sebastian’s long-term manager, who had a bitter falling out with him in 2017, has been arrested over suspicions he defrauded the singer of more than $1 million over seven years. Now the Aussie star has spoken out.

NSW Police confirmed Day, 47, was arrested at his home in Bondi just after 6.30pm on Wednesday and took him to Waverley Police Station where he was charged with 61 counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception.

The allegations against Day were first reported to South Sydney police detectives on June 3.

The Daily Telegraph understands the allegations are that Day knowingly withheld proceeds of Sebastian’s work from him between December 2013 and April 2020.

Celebrity manager, Titus Day has been arrested after allegedly defrauding Guy Sebastian of more than $1.15 million over a seven-year period.
Camera IconCelebrity manager, Titus Day has been arrested after allegedly defrauding Guy Sebastian of more than $1.15 million over a seven-year period. Credit: Supplied
Officers from South Sydney Police Area Command acted after receiving a report of an alleged fraud committed against a 38-year-old man.
Camera IconOfficers from South Sydney Police Area Command acted after receiving a report of an alleged fraud committed against a 38-year-old man. Credit: Supplied

The charges following detectives allegedly finding inconsistencies in financial documentation and bank account records.

Sebastian released a statement on Thursday following news of the police charges,

“I am aware of the charges laid by police against my former manager Titus Day,” Sebastian said.

“As has been reported, I have had an ongoing dispute with Titus for a number of years, and today I am absolutely devastated to learn the nature and detail of these charges.

“After over a decade of partnership, I parted ways with Titus’ management company in November 2017.

Titus Day and Guy Sebastian in happier times.
Camera IconTitus Day and Guy Sebastian in happier times. Credit: News Corp

“Over these last years, my integrity and reputation have been questioned, and many untruths have been publicly stated. For me, this has been deeply personal and this period has been the toughest of my life.”

The development marks another nasty turn in the bitter split between the pair, which occurred in November 2017 after 12 years together.

The men are already suing each other in the Federal Court over claims to royalties and allegedly unpaid fees.

Celebrity agent Titus Day is seen with his partner. He has been charged with defrauding former client Guy Sebastian
Camera IconCelebrity agent Titus Day is seen with his partner. He has been charged with defrauding former client Guy Sebastian Credit: Matrix pictures/Matrix

Sebastian’s lawyers have argued neighbouring rights royalties from the sale of his work have gone missing and he wants $200,000 from his former manager.

Day is also claiming to be owed $800,000 from Sebastian.

Last month, The Daily Telegraph reported Sebastian had taken out 24-hour-a-day security at his Maroubra home. The singer wouldn’t elaborate at the time as to what prompted the decision.

The 38-year-old lives in the home with wife of 12 years, Jules, and their two young sons, Hudson and Archer.

Day was refused bail to appear at Waverley Local Court on Thursday.

Originally published as ‘Absolutely devastated’: Sebastian breaks silence over manager

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