Guy Sebastian has denied deleting “fat older feral women” from an email sent to his former manager, who is accused of embezzling nearly $1 million from him.
The pop star in the Federal Court on Thursday said he was not proud of those words, but that it was Titus Emanual Day who erased them from evidence.
Day, 49, has pleaded not guilty to 50 charges, including fraudulently embezzling money allegedly owed to Sebastian through royalties and performance fees.
He also denies 50 alternative counts of larceny, or stealing.
On his fifth day in the witness box, the Australian Idol winner was questioned about his hesitations in supporting former boy band member Shane Filan in 2017.
An email he wrote to Day before he commenced the tour was previously read to the jury.
“Cool, what do you think of the demo?
“I’m not trying to be cheesy but it’s a big investment and talking to Sammy who did a similar tour she said it was all women, just throwing out some considerations.”
On Thursday Sebastian agreed the words “fat older feral” was missing before the word “women”.
“Obviously not something I was proud of saying and using that to make a point,” he said.
But he denied the suggestion he omitted those words, and said it was Day who deleted them from his response to the singer.
“I’ve never denied writing this email,” he said.
The entertainer previously said he left the tour early because: “[It] wasn’t really the right tour but I was also struggling with mental health issues at the time.”
After performing about half of the shows, he instructed the team he would be returning home, but denied he was just dissatisfied with how it was going.
“Abandoned is not the correct word. I used that word when Mr Day left [the tour] after three shows because of another client on a TV show,” he said.
“There were a lot of reasons for why I chose to go home.”
Sebastian had been advised by Day that he would pay costs for the tour, but said he later discovered additional fees were purportedly paid for him to perform.
The Crown says this is part of Day’s cover-up to explain how he allegedly embezzled almost $900,000 between 2013 and 2020 from the singer, who he managed via 6 Degrees between 2009 and 2017.
The musician first filed a civil lawsuit against his long-time manager in July 2018, when he said he discovered money was owed to him.
Two years later he approached police when he allegedly discovered “criminal behaviour”.
But Day’s defence barrister Dominic Toomey SC said his client had an answer to every single charge, and the police were perhaps “seduced” by the entertainer’s high profile.
The trial continues.