Another man accuses Nashville publicist of trading career opportunities for sexual favors
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —
Another man has come forward accusing a Nashville publicist of exchanging career opportunities for sexual favors.
The aspiring singer songwriter says Kirt Webster introduced him to artists like Dolly and Reba, but made it clear his help came with strings attached.
Kirt Webster’s clients and friends are among the best know names in country music but now, the Nashville publicist is accused of offering career advancement in exchange for sexual favors.
“He called me his 'George Strait,' said that he wanted to make me a make me a megastar,” Taylor, who doesn't want to be identified by his last name, said. “In order for that to happen they were circumstances between us that would have to be kept private.”
Taylor says Webster invited him to his home and office where he made unwanted sexual advances.
“I ended up going to his house, that's when he asked me, 'I want to see you naked' is what he said, and I was just like absolutely not I’ve got to go,” Taylor said.
Taylor says he isn't sure if Webster drugged him, but after several drinks he ended up in Webster’s steam room.
“We were going to be late to the event and he was like 'don't you want to go' and he was like on the only ticket in,” Taylor said. “I just didn't know what to do. Nobody else knows this. I haven't talk to anybody nobody knows, it's embarrassing.”
Taylor says Webster called him shortly before the interview with FOX 17 News.
“I said 'Kirt, you did the same thing to me' and he was like 'no I didn't we were friends' and I was like 'no, the things that you said to him and promised him and have done to him, you did those exact same things to me,'” Taylor said.
Wednesday afternoon, the Webster public relations website went offline and said the company had gone out of business -- but later explained that it was a mistake. The site is now online and the company released a statement:
“Earlier today, it was mistakenly posted on the Webster Public Relations’ Website that the firm has been closed. This was stated incorrectly. Webster public relations will continue operating - but under the name Westby Public Relations while Kirt Webster takes some time away from the business to focus on combating the egregious and untrue allegations made against him. The company's work on behalf of its clients will continue under the leadership of Jeremy Westby, Kirt's longstanding colleague."