Guy Sebastian’s former manager has been sentenced to jail for four years after being found guilty on 34 charges of embezzling money from the singer.
Sebastian’s former manager Titus Day was today convicted of taking $624,675 in royalties and fees from the artist. He worked for Sebastian for over a decade.
Judge Tim Gartelmann said the offences “all were committed for financial gain” but it could not be established beyond reasonable doubt that 49-year-old Day was motivated by greed, as per ABC.
Day was found guilty on 34 charges by a jury, but was acquitted on 13 others. The sentence carried a maximum penalty of ten years, and Day was given four years with a non-parole period of two years. Day has previously suggested that he will appeal the court’s decision. Sebastian didn’t appear in court today.
“The seriousness of the offences vary largely according to the amounts involved,” the judge said.
“His reputation has been damaged and will never be restored,” the judge told the court.
“There is no evidence of remorse as the offender maintains his innocence.
“The likelihood of his reoffending is low.”
During the trial, intimate details of Sebstatians’s finances and fees were made public. At one point it was revealed that Guy was paid $494,360 to support Taylor Swift during her four-stop Australian tour in December 2013. The singer admitted that he felt like he was on trial through the drawn-out legal dispute.
In July, Sebastian opened up about the legal battle with Day, saying: “I was the victim in it. So I think I realised early on, it’s bigger than me,” he told “The Kyle & Jackie O Show” on Kiis 106.5.
“It’s actually, like, why are all the good managers and people who do this with real, pure passion and good motives have to have that label of ‘dodgy manager’? Like you look at managers, you watch the new “Elvis” movie, managers just get such a bad wrap…
“But I just think why can’t we just implement things that start to turn that around and make it more difficult for managers to do that? And the way that you would do that in this case is obviously not to just brush this thing over. It’s a very serious charge, like 34 counts that he was found guilty of, and it was very painful to fight it.
“It shouldn’t have been that painful. There’s artists that can’t do what I just did. They can’t go through this process. Like indie artists and people who are just living gig by gig. So I just think it’s beyond me a little bit and it’s more about setting a precedent to make sure this doesn’t happen.”