**Update** A statement from the company reads, “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.”
Earlier this afternoon Webster PR closed their doors after an accusation that the owner of the firm, Kirt Webster, sexually assaulted a man.
A message on the website of publicist Kirt Webster said that as of Nov. 1, 2017, Webster Public Relations is no longer in business.
In a Facebook post last Friday, aspiring country artist Austin Rick accused Webster of sexually assaulting him in 2008. Austin Rick claimed he was drugged and sexually assaulted. Rick said Webster offered him publicity opportunities and magazine coverage in exchange for the sexual acts. Rick claims Webster paid him to stay quiet and threatened he would make it so nobody in the country music industry ever heard his name again. Webster denies all of the allegations.
Webster has worked in public relations for over 30 years and opened his Nashville-based firm, Webster Public Relations, in January 1996. Webster PR represents many of country music greats including Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels, Kenny Rogers and Hank Williams Jr..