Nashville publicist accused of trading sex for favors
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--A well-known Nashville publicist is being accused of trading sex for favors.
Publicist Kirt Webster of Webster PR represents some of the biggest names in the country music industry. A former client, Austin Rick, claims in 2008 Webster offered him opportunities in the music world in exchange for sex.
Webster has denied the claims, saying the relationship with Rick was consensual.
Webster's office issued the following statement:
"It saddens Mr. Webster that nine years later, after Mr. Rick's music career has been stagnant, Mr. Rick has taken the opportunistic approach of mischaracterizing that relationship and posting untrue allegations."
On Wednesday, the company's website inadvertently stated the agency had closed. The agency will continue operations, but under a different name. A statement released from the company states the following:
"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. "
Scott Adkins, Vice President of Publicity at WPR says he resigned as VPt on Wednesday morning, saying he could not work at the agency anymore.
The Metro Nashville Police Department says they will be investigating the allegations against Webster. However, at this time there have been no reports filed with police.
MNPD encourages any victims related to this matter or believe they are a victim of any sexual crime should reach out to the Nashville Police Sex Crimes Unit at 615-860-7540.