Former employee of Kirt Webster claims he was sexually harassed - WSMV News 4

Former employee of Kirt Webster claims he was sexually harassed repeatedly

Posted: Updated: Nov 28, 2017 10:50 PM
Kirt Webster (WSMV file) Kirt Webster (WSMV file)
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Sexual harassment allegations continue to pile up against a former powerhouse Nashville publicist.

Former Webster Public Relations employee Cody Andersen told News 4 Kirt Webster sexually harassed him repeatedly, to the point of causing him to move out of Nashville.

News 4 was the first to break the story of the initial allegations made against Webster.

Former client Austin Rick said he was abused several times by Webster.

Several others have told News 4 about similar stories. They asked to remain anonymous in fear of retaliation.

Andersen said he is going public with his story now to support Rick.

Growing up in a small town and loving country music, a move to the big city felt magical for Andersen. He took a job with Webster in the spring of 2010. He left that fall.

“I thought if this is Nashville, and if this is how business is run in Nashville, I don't want any part of it,” Andersen said.

While Andersen worked for Webster, he was transitioning from female to male.

He said at first, Webster was really welcoming and seemed happy to have him on the team. But then Andersen said the inappropriate jokes started.

“He comes up behind me and he was rubbing my shoulders. I was at the computer and he bends down and whispers in my ear, ‘I just wanted to know, can I still get you pregnant?'" Andersen said.

Andersen said at first glance, to a person just starting out, the work environment appeared casual and easy going.

He said Webster and other employees would "flip each other off" as a way to say “hello.”

Andersen said one day after flipping Webster off, he followed Andersen into the bathroom.

“He said, ‘Do you want to?’ I said, ‘Want to what?’” Andersen said.

Webster reportedly asked him to have sex.

“I was like, ‘No, no, oh my gosh, no.’ And he turned around and left,” Andersen said.

Andersen stayed on the job for six months.

“I have never in my life come into contact with somebody like him,” Andersen said.

Andersen feels let down that more artists haven't said anything about the allegations.

“Where are all of the people I support, who I fell in love with in the country music industry? No one has really spoken,” Andersen said.

News 4 has reached out to Webster every time a new allegation has been made. We have not heard from him since the first accusation made by Austin Rick.

At that time, his company released the following statement:

As a single adult, Mr. Webster has had multiple relationships over the course of his professional life, all of which have been consensual.  This includes a brief relationship with Mr. Rick. 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.

Rick obtained a Nashville legal team after he went public with allegations, but they have since parted ways.

In a statement he told News 4:

“I would like to thank Rose and her staff for all of their hard work on my behalf. They are dedicated to truth and honesty, and for that reason I have been fortunate to work with them. I am now in the process of finalizing new legal representation, and I will make those announcements at the appropriate time. In the interim, please direct all media/legal/victim inquiries to legal@austincody.com. Thank you for your support and assistance as I, in partnership with other victims of Kirt Webster’s, work to hold him accountable for his predatory actions.”

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