Stella Parton: Country music industry 'a bunch of Southern Baptist hypocrites' When it comes to sex abuse allegations
It has been almost four months since Nashville publicity powerhouse Kirt Webster – who represented country icons like Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers and Charlie Daniels – was accused by a former client of sexually assaulting and drugging him. But according to Parton's sister Stella, despite the rash of righteous indignation that the allegations sparked, nothing has really changed in Music City.
“It's a good ol 'boys town and it's always been a good ol' boys town,” young sister of Dolly Parton told Fox News “They hide behind their religion, all of them, a bunch of Southern Baptist hypocrites.”
Stella Parton told us while Webster PR has gone under, the issue of sexual harassment and assault within the country music community has been mostly swept under The Rug.
“[These types of allegations] Need to be talked about and people need to stop on the issue,” Stella said.
Austin Rick, the former country singer who rocked Music Row when he came forward to accuse Webster in Oct. 2017, told Fox News the Nashville Community has “acknowledged the reality of what has taken place” on its “island of morality.”
“I'm pissed off,” Rick said. “Both at what happened to me and the shameful industry response to it A few white roses and a song or two – while possibly 100 percent well-intentioned – are not going to cut it. “
Webster denied Rick's and other former employees' sexual assault allegations at the time and told Fox News he was Stepping away from his business to “focus on the combating the egregious and untrue allegations” made him against his PR firm's website then shut down.
But Rick said the country music industry is still a issue that Nashville needs to own
“Nobody in country music has shown the bravery or determination to hold him [Webster] accountable to the truth.”
Shortly after the Webster news broke, the Country Music Association told reporters they were not allowed to ask artists questions about sexual misconduct at the CMA Awards. NewsChannel 5 Nashville's Jesse Knutson also had his credentials revoked from the Country Radio Seminar last week when he asked the organization to address allegations of sexual miscond
Both organizations later backtracked on their initial rulings.
When singer Katie Armiger came forward about alleged sexual harassment, she was sued by her record label and told Fox News industry execs her “a liability.” And the DJ who Taylor Swift said groped her – and a jury agreed – was recently hired by a Mississippi radio station, putting him back on the air.
Webster's limitations of statute due to no charges filed, police said
Rick is especially disappointed in Webster's most well-known client Dolly Parton's lack of response to her former publicist's alleged behavior.
One week after Rick accused Webster Of assaulting him, Parton dropped Webster and tweeted what many fans, including Rick, felt [1 9659005] “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, “Parton tweeted on Nov. 3, 2017.
Rick seethed,” The only comment she's given is to say that she hopes I'm a liar. She hopes that myself and kirt's … other victims are all conspiring to pardle terrible falsehoods – all so that she does not have any differently about her 'friend' – who has been maliciously exploiting her all along. “
Webster's alleged behavior but has “always been very selective about talking about stuff like that.”
“I do not know why she can not speak out, but I will,” the younger parton said.
She added that she has spoken to Dolly about the allegations against Webster, but
Dolly Parton has since stopped silent on the matter from its intial tweet and has not received a new personal publicist, relying on her management team and Dollywood publicists to handle her PR requests A rep for parton referred fox news to the singer's original statement on Twitter when reached for comment on this story.
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Three former Webster employees told Fox News in November that the disgraced publicist offered fans meet-and-greets with the superstar singer in exchange for oral sex
Stella Parton said she was “appalled” to learn Webster had been “using her association with my sister to get sexual gratification for himself. “
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