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Dolly Parton's sister wants artists to speak out against sex abuse

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Dolly Parton's sister, Stella Parton is urging artists in country music to speak out against sexual harassment in the industry. 

She posted the following on Facebook Wednesday:

I am continuing to receive emails concerning the Kirt Webster sex scandal that broke last week in Nashville. If you have information or specific details, I will be happy to pass them along to the proper authorities. 
If he is proven guilty of these allegations, he deserves to pay for his crimes. If these are just accusations or gossip, they are useless in a court of law. 
My email address is; stellaparton@hotmail.com and I will make sure my sister Dolly Parton and her legal team are made aware of anything that could be harmful to her personally or career wise. Anything that harms my sister harms my entire family and I take that seriously.
This kind of abuse never goes away, it always stays with you.

The post comes more than a week after former client, Austin Rick claimed he was drugged and sexually assaulted by Nashville publicist Kirt Webster.

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.

At the time, Rick was an aspiring country music artist who opened for big names and once performed at the Grand Ole Opry.

Webster, who promoted Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Hank Williams Jr. and other country music stars, was not on the CMA Awards red carpet Wednesday.

Though no artists spoke his name aloud, there was a subtle reference to Webster on a shirt worn by a former employee of his.

The Webster allegations come on the heals of a Hollywood sex abuse scandal involving former film executive Harvey Weinstein.

Those allegations were the inspiration behind the song "Female" that Keith Urban debuted at the CMA Awards.

Urban said he jumped at the opportunity to record it because he says the song spoke to him as a father and a husband.

Urban is married to Academy Award Winner Nicole Kidman.

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