Dozens of artists no longer listed as clients after Kirt Webster allegations


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Over two dozen artists are no longer listed as clients on the website for embattled publicist Kirt Webster’s former company.

It was announced Wednesday he stepped down from his company, Webster Public Relations, after a former aspiring country star accused him of sexual misconduct and threatening behavior in a public Facebook post last Friday.

The news hit the country music scene with force as Webster not only stepped away from his career but his business partner took over their company, which is now operating under a new name – Westby Public Relations.

Since Wednesday’s announcement, News 2 learned at least 25 artists, including major names in the country scene, were removed from the website’s roster.So far, the names include:

  • Aaron Lewis
  • Dolly Parton
  • Kenny G
  • KC and the Sunshine Band
  • Bellamy Brothers
  • Bill Anderson
  • Big & Rich
  • Billy Ray Cyrus
  • Deborah Allen
  • Denny
  • Don McLean
  • Erica Nicole
  • Jeannie Seely
  • Jimmy Fortune
  • John Conley
  • Johnny Lee
  • Kenny Rogers
  • Kid Rock
  • Hank Williams Jr
  • Lacy Dalton
  • Lee Roy Van Dike
  • Lucas Hodge
  • Moe Brandy
  • Naomi Judd
  • Oak Ridge Boys
  • Ray Clark
  • Sam Moore
  • Tim Rushlow
  • Wanda Jackson
  • William Michael Morgan

Some businesses appear to be off the clientele list as well, including Band Against Cancer, NATD Honors, NRA Country, 70’s Rock & Romance, Southern Rock Cruise, and the Country Music Cruise.

Dolly Parton spoke about the situation on Twitter, saying, “I’ve worked with Kirt Webster for many years and he has done a wonderful job. I am hoping that the accusations are not true.”

Metro police also confirmed Thursday a sex crimes detective spoke with the alleged victim via phone, as he lives out of state. Spokesman Don Aaron told News 2 the allegations cannot be acted upon due to the number of years that have lapsed. Metro will not investigate further but encourages others to report information if they have any.

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