Kirt Webster accuser nominated for 'Hero of the Year' award - WSMV News 4

Kirt Webster accuser nominated for 'Hero of the Year' award

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A man who accused a well-known music publicist of sexual abuse has been nominated for "Hero of the Year" by a popular country music trade magazine.

Taste of Country came out with its list of contenders for the 2017 award.

A fan nominated Austin Rick for speaking out against sexual assault he experienced by his former employer and publicist-to-the-stars Kirt Webster.

Rick first told News 4 about the alleged abuse.

He says Webster drugged him, groped him and performed unwanted sexual acts in 2008. At the time, Rick was an aspiring country music artist who opened for big names and once performed at the Grand Ole Opry.

"I didn't consider myself a hero because I told my story with the knowledge that it was the only true, right thing to do," Rick said.

Webster represented country music stars like Dolly Parton, Cyndi Lauper, Kiefer Sutherland and Randy Travis until Rick's allegations were made public.

Since then, Webster closed his company, Webster Public Relations, which was reopened under the name Westby Public Relations

Webster has not been charged with a crime, and one legal analyst said it's unlikely he could face charges stemming from Rick's allegations.

Rick is one of six on the list of nominees, which includes Jason Aldean for surviving the Las Vegas music festival massacre and Miranda Lambert for helping dogs rescued from Hurricane Harvey.

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