A Nashville PR agency for many country music artists has closed after an accusation that the owner of the firm sexually assaulted a man, News 4 has learned.
Rick left Nashville after only a year, after three separate abusive incidents involving Webster.
Through a spokesperson Webster denies the allegations saying, "as a single adult, Mr. Webster has had multiple relationships over the course of his professional life, all of which have been consensual".
The 30-year-old told us Webster demanded he strip naked in order to prepare for a photo shoot with Playgirl magazine. Webster represents country clients like Dolly Parton, Kid Rock, Kenny Rogers and the Oak Ridge Boys. This includes a brief relationship with Mr. Rick. Rick said Webster performed oral sex on him.
Later, after a couple of drinks, Rick woke up to find himself in Webster's bed, where Webster was "hugging me, kissing me all over my face and mouth, and neck and lips". "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".
"Harassment is a word I will use for you to consider before taking a job here", another review from 2015 says. He joined the Army, but was discharged after injuring his knee.
Shortly after the incident at Webster's house, Rick returned to his home state of Maryland and stepped away from his country career. He says he enrolled in college at the University of North Carolina and graduated in May. Rick says that Webster continued to text him over the years, and provided the Scene with screenshots of conversations as recent as this year. "About 6 publicist were hired when I was and we all left under a year nearly exactly the same time". He says that he hopes his story will help others come forward about their experiences with Webster and other abusers. "I just want to try to get some validation that I am still a worthwhile person, while at the same time, making sure that no other victim is his again".