The former manager of Guy Sebastian has been accused of fraud after allegedly detaining more than a million dollars from the Australian singer.
Titus Day spent the night behind bars at Waverley Police Station after being arrested in his multi-million dollar house on Ocean Street in Bondi.
Police say the 47-year-old The Voice star defrauded $ 1.15 million over seven years between December 2013 and April 2020.
He faces 61 counts of fraudulently obtaining a financial benefit through deception and was denied bail to appear in Waverley court this morning.
New South Wales police opened an investigation after the singer’s own investigations led him to approach detectives last month.
Day is charged with failing to inform the first Australian Idol winner of the money owed to him for the work accomplished during the seven-year period.
The men are currently suing in Federal Court, where both claim that the other owes them hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Counsel for Mr. Sebastian argued that the royalties from the sale of his work were gone and asked his former manager for $ 200,000.
Day, who heads Six Degrees Management with his wife, said he needed $ 800,000 in unpaid fees.
Mr. Day’s arrest follows years of discord between the men, after their employment relationship ended in November 2017, after almost 12 years spent together.
At the time, Mr. Day said he was “very sad to lose Guy as a client, but he is a wonderful talent and a good person, so I wish him well in all that he does” .
But last month, Mr. Day told nine newspapers that Mr. Sebastian abruptly terminated their professional relationship and claimed that he was left out of his pocket.
“Guy terminated the management contract after 11 and a half years without notice, then refused to pay me commissions on any work I did, even for events that had been completed. It paralyzed my business,” said Mr. Day.
“All the income earned goes back to the manager first and is then paid after deduction of commissions. This is how management agreements work. All the money that I withhold royalties or otherwise is a fraction of what he has refused to pay me as commissions for work “I did it as a manager. “