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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Friends, family,

My Facebook page seems to have been superhacked. Being that I still use Twitter and Instagram, I’m going to keep my Facebook deleted for the duration of the book writing process.

It’s time to get down to work.

Thanks so much for your continued support,


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Ladies and gentlemen, I offer you a brief letter at austincody.com .
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Dear friends, mentors, supporters, and donors,

Thank you to everyone for waiting so patiently. Today I’m announcing that my forthcoming book recounting the time I spent with Kirt Webster from 2008-2009 is titled:

“Surviving Possession: Inside Kirt Webster’s Twisted Toy Chest”

Below is the book’s full initial announcement:

“The media sometimes credit me with bringing ‘#MeToo’ to Nashville. But this assertion would insinuate that I’m somehow standing here, all alone, on Pete O’Heeron’s infamous and shameful ‘island of morality.’ Since we know that such a setting simply doesn’t square with reality, as evidenced by the dozens of brave victims who’ve stepped forward to share horrific accounts that span back decades, I’ve decided that all I can do is all I can do.

Sometimes, no matter how convincingly one speaks truth to power, or how desperately one pleads for sensibility, there is still nobody willing, or brave enough, to make a common-sense change. Or even to care.

That is why, today, I’m proud to announce my forthcoming book, ‘Surviving Possession: Inside Kirt Webster’s Twisted Toy Chest.’ In the book, I recount in vivid detail my days and months spent with Kirt. I cast light on the inner-workings of his system of serial human predation. I provide perspective gained through direct exposure, industry relationships, and hindsight. I explore the dynamic, as I’ve directly experienced it, between power and resourcelessness, and the consequences of each in an overly-romanticized country music industry. I unmask how parts of Music City ‘actually’ operate, and I do it unapologetically and uninterrupted. It’s very much time the truth be spoken in its long, raw form.

Time’s up.”

Time IS up. It took me nine years to grapple this through my head, but time is finally up.

#MeToo #TimesUp #SilenceBreakers #WeSpoke

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Tomorrow morning, it’s time.

#MeToo #TimesUp SilenceBreakers #WeSpoke
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