Guy Sebastian testifies against ex-manager Titus Emanuel Day in embezzlement trial

Pop star Guy Sebastian has told a court his former manager, now accused of embezzling nearly $ 1 million from him, had wanted to start a new company with him as the “foundation” client.

The 40-year-old is giving evidence in Sydney’s Downing Center District Court on Wednesday against Titus Emanuel Day, 49, who allegedly defrauded the Australian Idol winner on 50 occasions.

Day has pleaded not guilty to 50 charges including fraudulently embezzling money allegedly owed to Sebastian through royalties and performance fees, and 50 alternative counts of larceny, or stealing.

The Crown alleges that Day who managed Sebastian via his company 6 Degrees between 2009 and 2017, embezzled him out of almost $ 900,000 over three years.

But Day’s defense barrister Dominic Toomey SC told the jury in his opening address that his client has an answer to every single charge, that sometimes is so clear and obvious.

“You may wonder whether the authorities, particularly the police, were even wilfully blind to that,” he said.

“Seduced perhaps, by Mr Sebastian’s high profile.

“Indeed you might even wonder if there was an ulterior purpose on the part of Sebastian and the police in the pursuit of criminal charges.”

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