Kirt Webster Steps Down From Webster PR

Kirt Webster, a longtime Nashville public relations powerhouse, is stepping away from Webster Public Relations and the company is rebranding as Westby Public Relations, the company announced shortly after its website posted an initial message saying it was closed effective Nov. 1.

Kirt Webster
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The move comes a day after alternative newsweekly Nashville Scene reported an accusation of sexual harassment involving a former client. No charges have been filed.

“Earlier today, it was mistakenly posted on the Webster Public Relations’ website that the firm has been closed. This was stated incorrectly,” according to the statement. “Webster Public Relations will continue operating – but under the name Westby Public Relations – while Kirt Webster takes some time away from the business to focus on combating the egregious and untrue allegations made against him.

“The company’s work on behalf of its clients will continue under the leadership of Jeremy Westby, Kirt’s longstanding colleague.”

The website message saying the business had closed was soon removed and the home page, listing clients, news and contact information, was restored.

Among Webster Public Relations clients are Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Kid Rock, Charlie Daniels, Hank Williams Jr., The Judds, and Lorrie Morgan. The company also represents many corporate and non-profit clients as well, including City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game, NRA Country and The Journey Home Project.