Pop star Guy Sebastian says he endured ‘hellish’ years and was driven to the ‘darkest points of my life’ during his fight to bring his now-imprisoned former manager, Titus Day, to justice for embezzled his income.
Day, 49, was jailed last week for at least 2½ years after being found guilty by a NSW District Court jury of defrauding Mr Sebastian of $620,000 in royalties and fees performance.
Day has already signaled his intention to appeal the jury’s verdict.
In a victim impact statement presented to the court and released this week by Judge Tim Gartelmann, Mr Sebastian explained how he had struggled with anger, resentment and trust issues since discovering Day’s deception .
“It is difficult to sum up the impact of the crimes of Titus Day. Obviously, I was personally traumatized by this ordeal, but it impacted so many others beyond me,” Mr. Sebastian said in his two-page victim impact statement. .
“From the moment I discovered the missing money almost five years ago, what it has put me and my family through has been horrific. The financial toll is one thing, but the mental torture we had to endure to get justice drove me and my wife over the edge.
Earlier this year, a jury found Day guilty of 34 counts of embezzlement. He was found not guilty on 13 other counts.
The court heard Day misappropriated money from Mr Sebastian’s performances, including a tour with Taylor Swift and an ambassadorship with Dreamworld.
Day had been Mr Sebastian’s manager since 2009, but the couple had a bitter falling out in 2017. After their split, Mr Sebastian claimed he found anomalies in his financial records.
Mr. Sebastian explained how he perceived Day as “part of my family”; however, “cracks” began to appear.
“Every time I searched for answers to missing funds, I was met with threats and lies,” Mr. Sebastian said.
“I was told that if I continued this my reputation would be ruined, my family would be ruined.”
He said Day began leaking false negative stories to the media and spreading his version of events to colleagues in the music industry.
“There are a lot of powerful people who are told their version of events without seeing any of the evidence and it has spread through the industry I work in and caused me great harm because it has been perceived as if I was the only one at fault,” said Mr. Sébastien.
Mr Sebastian said Day was ‘using my money to get himself out of those bad decisions that left him financially stuck’.
He said his trusted manager “cut the rug” under his “belief systems”, and struggled with anger, resentment and mistrust.
“The psychological impact of this fight for justice drove me to the point of complete depression,” Mr Sebastian said.
“I sought therapy to deal with broken trust, deception, betrayal and financial loss. I have been through the darkest times of my life during this process.
Mr Sebastian said that after learning his tours were not profitable, he was forced to cut his budgets and made the decision not to invest money in attempts to break into overseas markets.
“I couldn’t believe how much money Titus had actually taken from me,” Mr Sebastian said.
“I worked to the bone, constantly away from my family.”
He described Day as “deplorable” and “evil”, having abused his position of trust.
“This man has put me through hell, my family and those around me,” Mr Sebastian said.
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