Guy Sebastian's former manager was honest, diligent and a man of integrity when he worked at the pop star's previous management company, a judge has been told.
Titus Emanuel Day faced a sentence hearing in the NSW District Court on Friday, after a jury in June found him guilty of embezzling more than $600,000.
The money was said to have been owed to the Australian Idol winner through royalties, performance and ambassador fees.
Much of Friday's hearing before Judge Timothy Gartelmann involved legal argument relating to the proposed tender of documents from both the prosecutor, David Morters SC, and Day's barrister, Dominic Toomey SC.
The Crown referred to a statement by Sean Anderson, director of talent agency 22 Management, where Day first managed Sebastian before taking him as his marquee client to his own company, 6 Degrees, in 2009.
Mr Anderson told the court he employed Day for about five years, finding him to be honest, a man of integrity and diligent.
He left the company with his "good wishes" to start up his own company.
Under questioning from Mr Morters, he said Sebastian and a few other clients left 22 Management to go to Day's new agency.
Sebastian, whom he described as "high profile, well established and a significant revenue earner", was the most prominent client to go.
The clients left with his permission and approval.
Mr Anderson said Day's contract had specified he was not to take any clients.
Mr Morters told the judge the defence sought to rely on a large number of testimonials particularly in relation to Day's professionalism and standing in the industry.
He asked to be able to cross-examine seven of the authors.
Mr Toomey said he would not be submitting, based on anything he tendered to the court, that Day was on good terms with every person whom he acted for as manager.
"I doubt that could be said about any talent manager," he said.
The judge noted the documents sought to be tendered by the defence advanced a case of of good character concerning honesty, trustworthiness and integrity.
It was therefore open to the Crown to challenge that case and to present evidence it says is to the contrary.
The hearing was adjourned to November 4.