Celebrity manager Titus Day has been jailed for at least 2½ years for embezzling more than $600,000 of singer Guy Sebastian’s money, including earnings for being a support act for US pop star Taylor Swift.
Day, 49, was found guilty by a jury in June of 34 counts of embezzlement, totalling $624,675, relating to earnings that should have been transferred to Sebastian’s bank accounts between 2013 and 2020.
Sebastian, the inaugural winner of Australian Idol, was managed by Day at agency 22 Management from 2007. He joined Day’s company 6 Degrees as his marquee client in 2009 before their relationship reached an acrimonious end in 2017.
The pair were engaged in Federal Court civil proceedings when Day was arrested at his Bondi home in 2020.
Judge Timothy Gartelmann, in Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court on Thursday afternoon, jailed Day for a maximum of four years with a non-parole period of 2½ years.
Day sat silently in the public gallery and did not visibly react as the sentence was handed down. A court officer asked corrective services officers to give him two minutes, and Day hugged and kissed his supporters before being handcuffed and led away.
At Day’s sentencing hearing, his lawyers tendered “multiple glowing references from people of high standing” including Australian singer-songwriter Tina Arena. Defence barrister Dominic Toomey, SC, said Arena had signed a management agreement with Day after he was charged in 2020.
“She goes on to say, keeping in mind … Mr Day has now managed Ms Arena’s talent affairs for in excess of two years, that she trusts him implicitly,” Toomey said of the testimonial.