Expose Kirt Webster

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My name is Austin, and I know that men don't talk about these things as often, but I have been victimized by a very powerful businessman over the period of a year. I didn't know what to do and how to say no, because he held such power over my music career and overtly reminded me of it.

I recognize that many are dealing with their own unique pain and recovery. I thank and applaud them for being role models and for stepping out to throw their monsters into the light of day. You are all heroes.

The point of my message is, selfishly, in the hope that getting it out of my own head and to you and a few industry folks finally, will help me reach some kind of relief/peace of mind in knowing that people know the truth about what was really happening while I was faking smiles, offering hugs and signing fans' autographs. I was terrified for my life.

So, here goes.

In 2008, Kirt Webster, the CEO of the powerful Nashville-based “Webster Public Relations” did terrible, terrible things to me. He sexually assaulted me repeatedly, he drugged and sexually violated me, he offered me publicity opportunities and magazine columns in exchange for sexual acts. He paid me to keep my mouth shut. And he did everything under threat that he’d make sure nobody in the industry ever heard my name again. It took me a year to escape from him and get away to where he couldn’t find me or reach me any longer — although he still continued to harass me via phone and text messages for years -- up until this year, even.

I know this is perhaps an awkward statement for you to read because I don’t feel like a whole human being when I remember some of the explicit events. But, I need people to truly know what actually happened to me down there, during that time.

Most importantly, is that I want to help in any way I can to ensure that no future victim of Kirt's, or of any other monster's, has to go through the year of torment that I did. I want to be a protector, of sorts. I want others who were victimized before me to feel safe and secure in telling their own stories and in receiving the support they need and deserve. 

What Kirt Webster is, is Nashville's worst-kept predatory secret. I cannot do this alone, and I would be so very grateful to anyone who can spare some change or a few dollars to support my mission, as well as the #MeToo campaign in honor of victims everywhere. I need your help to remain healthy, headstrong, and effective.

I don't know how soon any of this is going to come to fruition, but I have a sense that it is is going to be soon. I've been contacted by more national and local media than I can count on one hand, and I have no plans of backing off until Kirt Webster and his accomplices are brought to face their crimes. 

Your support means the world. Please share and pass along the battle that is likely to come, and I will be sure to keep everyone updated regarding any media coverage and wherever those interested can read about our progress against these monsters.

Yours truly,

Austin Cody Rick
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Dear friends and supporters,

We're prepping for our second online auction while shipping out winnings from our first! In this second go-around there won't be a universal "minimum bid amount," but instead, each item will be appraised for its own minimum bid amount. My reasoning is that the first time some of my supporters paid far more than they should have needed to, and some got total bargains.

Lastly, $10 will be added to each winner's donation amount to help cover shipping costs. It's uber expensive to mail anything.

Thanks so much!

Please feel free to spread the word about the upcoming auction. The more, the merrier. Love ya’ll, girls and guys!
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I’m extremely proud and honored to announce that my book’s foreword will be authored by sociologist Dr. Shane Elliott, now of the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Dr. Elliott was an instructor of mine during my time at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and remains one of my greatest life mentors.

I can’t think of anyone to provide more direct and meaningful insights into the inner-workings of Nashville’s closed-circuit circus setup.

Thank you in advance, Dr. Elliott.
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Hi Everyone, I wanted to let you know that I’m presently hosting an open-ended Q&A session about the book on Facebook, in case you’re wondering about anything that I can shed some light on.

Come say hello!



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Alright everyone, the book is getting thoroughly underway. There are 14 chapters, accompanied by a section for victims to express themselves. Any help you can give will be priceless concerning future requirements like travel and lodging expenses, legal and agent fees, and PR/marketing costs.

I appreciate and love each and every one of you. My aim is to have a finished product in your hands by the end of this year. I never realized how technical and layered a process like authoring a book would be, but I’m checking off the list, one item at a time!

Again, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for any donations you can spare.



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