‘Big Slap’ Over Guy’s Money

The lawsuit of embezzlement of Guy Sebastian’s former manager heard there was a “big blow” over the musician’s money.

The lawsuit of embezzlement of Guy Sebastian’s former manager learned he was involved in a “big blast” with the musician’s accountant over money.

The alleged fight came to light in the fourth week of the trial of Titus Day, who is accused of helping himself to nearly a million dollars of the star’s income.

Day, 49, pleaded not guilty to 50 counts of fraudulent embezzlement of approximately $900,000 in royalties, performance and ambassador payments allegedly intended to go to Mr Sebastian. He also denies 50 alternate counts of theft.

The pair worked together for eight years between 2009 and 2017, with Mr. Day managing the financial flow through his management company 6 Degrees.

When their relationship came to a bitter rift, Mr. Sebastian claimed he discovered that money owed him was missing. He took legal action against his former manager to recover the money he allegedly owed.

On Friday, the court heard from Mr Sebastian’s former accountant Dorcas Kemp, who told the court she never told the musician she was an accountant.

Ms Kemp told the court that she was responsible for facilitating payments when she was authorized to do so by employees of Mr Day’s management company. The court heard that she was charged with paying bills from multiple sources with the consent of different people.

“I would receive emails about what was going on and how I could attribute it,” said Ms. Kemp.

“I’ve taken charge of emails.”

When asked whether Mr. Sebastian was one of the authorizing parties, Ms. Kemp told the court that the musician remained segregated from his professional finances.

“He didn’t interfere with the bills. He left that to everyone at 6 Degrees and to me to pay them,” she said.

Ms. Kemp recalls being “deeply shocked” when Mr. Sebastian called her to pursue payment of more than $100,000 in royalties from Sony.

The court heard that the hefty amount had been deposited into the wrong account and had not been discovered by the accountants at George Kemp and Associates, where Ms Kemp worked.

Despite having access to the account, she said the accountants only checked the account once every three months and failed to report the sudden influx of more than $100,000.

Shortly after the flaw was discovered, Ms. Kemp and her husband met with Mr. Day and Mr. Sebastian to discuss the corporate structure used to protect the music star’s assets.

The court heard there was a “major blast” between Mr George Kemp and Mr Day, who were “astonished” that the former Australian Idol’s intellectual property rights operated in the same entity as the Madness tour in 2015.

Mr Sebastian said goodbye to George Kemp and Associates after the meeting, the court heard.

Ms Kemp, despite the erroneous payment of royalties, said she was surprised when the relationship between Mr Sebastian and her husband’s company was severed.

“We didn’t expect something like this to happen because we’ve worked with Guy for eight years and it all went well,” she said.

“I spent so much of my time managing Guy’s personal and business affairs.”

The court also heard from Rebecca Oxenbould, the Foundation Manager of the Sebastian Foundation, who has been working for the music star since 2016.

The court heard that Ms Oxenbould was paid with funds from the foundation and Mr Sebastian’s Guytunes company to perform personal duties for the music star and his wife.

The court heard that this could include anything from picking up their children from school to paying their personal bills.

However, Ms Oxenbould denied that the matter was “black and white”.

Mr Sebastian had previously told the court that his income stream was so complex that he had been forced to rely on Mr Day to manage his finances.

“I don’t perform and then check if I’m paid,” he said.

“The only accounts I monitor are the ones I use on a daily basis.”

The trial will resume on Monday.

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