The warning came as Sebastian’s lawyers went public with his latest claims against Day, hours after several media outlets, including PS, were “tipped off” that Sebastian’s legal team had applied to the court to amend its claim against Day’s now-defunct company 6 Degrees. Sebastian’s legal team shared what it claimed were copies of emails between Day and Montreal-based international music rights company Premier Muzik. The emails show Day provided new bank details for the sum of $US19,236.14 to be deposited, the proceeds of Sebastian’s international music rights which his lawyers claim Day was not legally entitled to, along with $200,000 worth of fees they say their client is owed by his former manager.
It was the latest blow in a two-year battle between the former buddies, their respective wounds now so raw it is hard to believe their young families lived under the same roof while Sebastian and Day were touring.
Day admitted to PS that during those years he had been Sebastian’s ultimate confidant and guard dog.
But not anymore.
Day told PS: “Guy terminated the management contract after 11 and a half years without notice and then refused to pay me commissions on any work that I did, even for events that had been completed. That crippled my business.
“All income that is earned comes to the manager first and then is paid on after commissions are deducted. That’s how management deals work. Any money I am holding from royalties or otherwise is a fraction of what he refused to pay me as commissions for work I did as his manager.”
“6 Degrees went broke because of the damage he caused.
“It’s insanity where this has got to. I’ve tried more than a dozen times to organise a meeting with him and his lawyers to work this out in a civil way but he has ignored me or refused every time.”
Sebastian’s camp is already claiming Day owes the singer and his wife $200,000 in unpaid fees. Day’s company 6 Degrees had counter-sued, claiming it was owed $1.4 million. However, the claim was dropped by liquidators when they took control of 6 Degrees last year.
A three-day trial was slated for June, but it has now been pushed back because of the COVID-19 crisis.
The timing of these latest developments came on the eve of Sebastian’s return to his gig as a judge on The Voice. This week the singer became unavailable to do planned publicity for the television show, avoiding any awkward questions about the bitter dispute.
Day confirmed to PS he is now representing himself as he is unable to continue funding his previous lawyer, having already spent in excess of $150,000 in legal fees and with no prospect of any work until well into 2021.
“I’m on JobKeeper,” he added.
Sebastian’s lawyers raised the alarm last year after Day, who says he was “forced” to sell his Bondi family home in 2018, liquidated his firm 6 Degrees Management, which was being sued by Sebastian.
6 Degrees Management Pty Ltd was wound up shortly after mediation with Sebastian failed and following the loss of one of Day’s other major clients, game show host Grant Denyer.
In January PS reported Day had lost his last remaining major client, Sophie Monk, only to learn she had signed up with a new agent: Day’s former friend and employer Sean Anderson.
That development resulted in an ugly confrontation at Anderson’s Hunters Hill home when Day arrived unannounced “to look him in the eye”.
“Yes, it’s true, I’ve been through hell and back,” he conceded.
Magazine doyenne ‘dumped’
She was once the reigning queen of Australian women’s magazines, immortalised on the small screen in mini-series Paper Giants, but former Woman’s Day editor Nene King revealed to PS she had been “dumped” from her latest gig as New Idea’s resident Agony Aunt after the latest round of budget cuts.
“I could see the writing on the wall when there were no bloody ads in the magazine … I mean I wonder how long New Idea can survive. Kerry Packer would be spinning in his grave if he could see what was happening to his beloved Australian Women’s Weekly … it’s been gutted, as have all the magazines,” Nene told PS.
“But I had my day in the sun in magazines, I am just so terribly sad for all those photographers, journalists, creatives who have lost their jobs. And I’m sad for a once-great industry that was lots of fun to be in, that it is now on its last legs. I was in it when we were flying, really flying. Today people don’t even believe what is published in them any more, it’s a great shame.”
Turnbull Brown separates from husband
Sad news from the house of Turnbull this week. PS has confirmed mother of two and teacher Daisy Turnbull Brown, daughter of Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull, has quietly separated from her husband James Brown.
Sources say the former couple are “still working through” various “issues”, including living arrangements, but are hopeful the separation is only temporary.
The former couple met through mutual friends at a New Year’s Eve party in 2006 and married after Brown left the army in 2010.
During an interview with the Herald in 2014 Brown admitted he initially found the idea of the then-future prime minister Malcolm Turnbull as a father-in-law “pretty intimidating”.
“There was this moment when we first met,” he said, “when I was living in Victoria Barracks up at Paddington, and Daisy was dropping me home, and her dad came on the speakerphone. “She said, ‘I’m just dropping James off. He’s this guy …’ And he said, ‘Yes, I know, I’ve had Brendan Nelson send his file over.’ And I’m thinking, there’s like a 5 per cent chance that’s true.”
Rose’s ‘surprise exit’ from TV gig turns thorny
It was an all too familiar story for old friends and colleagues of one-time Sydney celebutante Ruby Rose when news emerged she was suddenly quitting her “dream job”, a multimillion-dollar, seven-year gig as Batwoman.
But within 24 hours of the news being revealed, Hollywood’s trade press was reporting a very different story. According to Variety Rose’s “surprise exit” stemmed from an “ill fit” between star and production.
Variety claimed that, according to multiple sources, Rose was unhappy with the long hours required of her as the series lead, which led to friction on the set. It was thus decided by her and the network and studio, Warner Bros Television, that they would part ways.
Reps for Rose, Warner Bros, and The CW television network declined to comment.
Other reports claimed sources on set said Rose was unhappy on the show, a mood that supposedly seeped into the entire cast and crew.
There had been mounting speculation her departure was also related to emergency surgery Rose underwent for spinal herniated disks, the gory details of which she documented and turned into a short film broadcast on Instagram. However, Variety quoted a source claiming Rose’s decision “had nothing to do with her health or injury”.
Six months ago Rose posted on Instagram: “I’ve struggled with mental health my entire life.”
PS is yet to hear back from Rose, who featured on these pages when she was but a minor socialite many moons ago. Indeed she has cracked the major league and today has a half-dozen strong team of Hollywood heavy hitters working for her.
Roxy Jacenko’s campaign to publicly shame the mystery blonde who was defecating outside her Paddington offices failed to deliver a culprit, however it appears she has inspired neighbours on the hunt for owners of Paddo’s puppy poopers.
One resident has been filming the culprits and sharing their videos, complete with funky soundtrack, on the local Facebook community page, to equal parts humour and humiliation.
And that’s not all. Along with the social media stardom, the dog owners have also been outed with special signposts next to their pampered pooch’s “signatures”, the owner’s faces revealed in full colour next to the faeces, and emblazoned with one word: “Guilty”.
Andrew Hornery is a senior journalist and Private Sydney columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald.