Kid Rock is the latest in a list of artists that have left Webster Public Relations, issuing a statement on a music industry newsletter Lefsetz Letter.
Nashville publicist Kirt Webster has been named in sexual misconduct allegations, which he has so far denied. Webster represented such artists as Dolly Parton and Hank Williams Jr.
Rock said, “The one comment I will address head on is on Kirt Webster. Which the shocking accusations of sexual assault and mistreatment of others I take dead seriously. I never witnessed or heard about any of this outside that he was probably gay, which I could care less about.
“We (BMG) cancelled his and his companies services upon not only hearing about these, but other rumors that are starting to swirl. I hope to god this sh-t he is being accused of is not true as he has been nothing but a good friend to me.
“But if it comes to light that it is, I will be the first to cut the head off the snake. Unfortunately, I believe sexual harassment is like cancer. We all know someone affected by it and it has to stop.”
Prior to this announcement, singer Austin Rick reported having been inappropriately touched and drugged by the music executive. Since the story broke, further reports have emerged from former employees, while Webster denies the claims.
Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels, Billy Ray Cyrus and Justin Moore are no longer listed as clients on the Webster PR website.
The list is likely going to continue, and people must take a stand against this type of behavior. When the big voices speak out, change is even more likely to come.
On November 3rd, Rock will release his new album Sweet Southern Sugar.
Tennessee Mountain Top
Palm trees and beautiful hips
Man it dosen’t get any better than this
Sun settin’ like fire on the Viper Room
Old Lemmy holed up at the bar
And Johnny Depp pickin’ on an old guitar
Man I wish old Keith would’ve taught em how to keep it in tune