Guy Sebastian is currently embroiled in a court case with his long-serving talent manager Titus Day facing trial for allegedly embezzling over $900,000 from his former client.

The case has been interrupted several times due to numerous significant occurrences and has seen some shocking information come to light.

During recent questioning, Sebastian denied ripping off his manager by not revealing he performed a show at a car dealership for a $30,000 payday.

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Guy Sebastian’s case against his former talent manager has been interrupted several times. Source: Seven.

The singer told Downing Centre District Court on Wednesday that he performed a gig at a Toyota Dealership on February 2, 2017.

Having recently bought a four-wheel-drive from the dealership, Sebastian said he may have told a journalist at the event that he was performing for free. However, he could not be certain if he had, in fact, received payment.

“I can’t remember,” he said. “I may have been.”

Still, had he been paid Sebastian said he would have disclosed this to Day, who was entitled to 20 per cent of any performance fee.

When pressed as to whether he could have forgotten to disclose payment, the Gold singer said it “would not have been an intention” to do so.

Records Show Guy Sebastian WAS Paid for Car Dealership Gig

Day’s barrister Dominic Toomey SC then showed Sebastian financial records that detailed payments from the dealership amounting to $30K.

Mr Toomey then suggested Sebastian had not told his manager about the performance, to which he reiterated would not have been “intentional”.

“I don’t recall getting paid that. It was never, ever even close to an intention for me to ever rip Mr Day off, ever,” he said. “And if that’s an isolated thing I will look at that. I will cop that. That obviously is not great.”

Guy Sebastian Recalls Facing a Home Intruder

Under cross-examination during the trial, the singer recounted a time that he had to rush back to his house from his recording studio as an intruder was trying to break into his home.

The incident was relevant as it was included as a part of an Apprehended Violence Order that Day had taken out against his former client several years ago, after Sebastian had reported the alleged embezzlement to police.

“I had a brand newborn. I was at the recording studio and had a call from my wife. A person was trying to get through the little boy’s window,” Sebastian explained.

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Sebastian claims an intruder tried to claim through his son’s window. Source: Instagram @guysebastian

He described coming home to find an intruder “swinging on the gate” of his Maroubra home.

“I grabbed him and held him while my wife was on the phone to the police. I chased after him, he started to leg it.”

Day’s lawyer question Sebastian as to if he “headbutted” the intruder. The Voice judge said that he had not, but, “has told people” that he did.

“I agree I’ve told people I headbutted him… not as an intentional headbutt. You’re implying I headbutted him as an intentional act.”

Sebastian said he was of the belief that Day was “trying to weaponise” the incident by including it in his AVO.

The Judge Presiding Over the Case Tragically Died

On May 9, the case – which has been staggering from the outset – was rocked once again after the judge who was hearing the trial tragically passed away.

Peter Zahra suffered a stroke and was rushed to Royal Prince Alfred hospital in Sydney’s Inner West, where he later sadly passed away.

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The judge hearing the trial of Guy Sebastian’s former talent manager has passed away. Source: Instagram @guysebastian

The jury was informed of the news by Judge James Bennett on Monday morning.

Day’s trial – which began on May 3 – had to be adjourned until the next week.

The announcement came less than a week after Sebastian revealed that he had contracted Covid-19, which itself stalled procedings already.

Guy Sebastian’s Earnings Were Exposed During the Trial

Since the hearing began, records have revealed the ‘Battle Scars’ singer’s huge payday.

The amounts that Sebastian was paid for various appearances were disclosed in court, with the largest sum totalling $494,360. The singer was paid the almost half-a-million-dollar fee to support Taylor Swift during the Australian leg of her 2013 The Red Tour.

Accordingly, The Voice Australia judge was so cashed up that he failed to notice he was missing almost $1 million.

Sebastian reportedly only detected this when he found “anomalies” in his financial records, after having terminated his contract with Day in 2017.

He launched a civil claim against him the following year. The talent manager was later arrested in July 2020.

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Why Is Titus Day On Trial?

Day — who served as Sebastian’s agent between 2013 and 2020 — is currently facing 50 charges of embezzlement as a clerk or servant, plus 50 counts of stealing. He has pleaded not guilty to all counts.

The charges are in relation to over $900,000 of missing performance fees and royalties that Day allegedly received on Sebastian’s behalf over the course of seven years.

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Guy Sebastian’s former manager allegedly embezzled over $900k from The Voice judge. Source: Instagram @guysebastian.

The Crown has claimed that Day kept the portions of money for himself, rather than forwarding it to his client.

Sebastian is expected to give evidence against his former manager throughout the trial, which is taking place at Sydney’s Downing Street court and is expected to last for at least five weeks.

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