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Silence from powerhouse publicist accused of sexual abuse

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It's been four months since allegations of sexual abuse were made against former powerhouse publicist Kirt Webster.

News4 has been trying to get his side of the story since, but we’ve had little luck tracking him down.

Former Client Austin Rick was the first to made accusations against Webster.

“Kirt is reaching under my bathing suit leg to my genitals and massaging my genitals all while smiling at me and winking at me like it's a romantic connection in his head," Rick explained to News4 on Oct. 31 of last year when he first shared the story of sexual abuse he faced from Webster.

That same day Webster released this 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.”

Since the initial allegation by Austin Rick, at least 10 people told News4 they were either harassed or abused by Webster.

With each allegation, we've reached out to Webster by email and phone. We’ve also been to his house.

He still has not talked to us.

On Wednesday, News4 got this response from Webster's spokesperson, Steve Brumfield:

“[Webster] has been advised not to do interviews at this time. Also, advised to release no statement. This will eventually change, but nothing in the foreseeable future."

No charges have been made in the Webster case, but back in December, Metro Police told us there was enough information to support an indictment. 

However, police didn’t pursue those charges because the statute of limitations on the reported incident had passed.

Austin Rick said he never expected to see Webster behind bars. He says he's had two main goals in telling his story:

“I want this to help me find inner peace and courage to be a voice for other people not only in the past but maybe in the future,” Rick said.

On Thursday, News4 spoke with Jeremy Westby, one of Webster's colleague for many years.

Westby launched a new firm after Webster stepped down in November.

Westby did not want to comment on camera, but said, despite what some have suggested, Webster is not employed by him.    

He says he does sometimes go to Webster for advice on public relations, but the two no longer have a working relationship. 

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