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is being called out by her sister for with former publicist in 2017, at Wednesday night's .
Webster, the former celebrated publicist for Parton, Charlie Daniels, Kenny Rogers, and a host of other country stars, was accused ofon multiple occasions, asking for , and running a work environment that was " .
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Webster has repeatedly denied all claims against him.
"I have noticed new photos from backstage at the CMAs last night and Kirt Webster the publicity person who had dozens of sexual assault allegations brought against him last year was front and center," Stella Parton wrote on Facebook on Thursday. "I saw photos of him in my sister Dolly’s dressing room standing with her smiling like a Cheshire Cat! These predators feel entitled to do the horrific things they do and even super stars [sic] like my sister, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tanya Tucker and others that he represented won’t say a word."
Stella continued: "It’s been proven that he never stopped working for one day after the scandal broke last year. It is a shame on the artists who stay silent and the CMAs for condoning this man’s perverted acts. My sister’s management is just as complicit in this scandal."
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Neither Dolly Parton nor her management team returned Fox News' requests for comment. The "Jolene" singer fired her longtime publicist shortly after the allegations against him surfaced in November 2017. At the time she stated: "I've worked with Kirt Webster for many years and he has done a wonderful job. I am hoping that the accusations are not true."
Webster told Fox News on Thursday that he attended the CMA Awards as a guest of singer Janie Fricke and he was "overwhelmed with positive welcoming reactions."
"We have all made mistakes and we have paid the consequences of those mistakes," Webster said in an emailed statement. "We have all been accused of things (big and small) that we haven’t done. Life is a roller coaster, you have highs and lows, you just hope you have more highs than lows. Redemption is an amazing thing. God is good!”
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Multiple sources told Fox News that Webster's presence came as a surprise and made them uneasy.
Country singer Meg Linseyin response to Webster's attendance: "Wow! Did anyone else see him there? So many stories about CMA’s this morning but nobody is writing this one?" She added in the comment section "gross" in response to the picture with Parton and later added, "Nashville is a coward."
Former aspiring singer, Austin Rick, who told Fox News in 2017 that he suffered “terrible, terrible” abuse at the hands of Webster in 2008,that Webster repeatedly "drugged and sexually violated" him when he was Webster's client. Webster and said the pair had a consensual relationship.
In 2017, a former intern of Webster, Cody Andersen, told Fox News that while he was at Webster PR in 2010, Webster would speak openly about a number of sexually graphic topics, like owning a 24-carat gold sex toy. He also said Webster often told sexually explicit stories about his employees. When asked for comment at the time regarding Anderson's allegations, a spokesperson for Webster said she had no additional information.
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She also stated that Webster will take "some time away from the business to focus on combating the egregious and untrue allegations made against him."
Andersen alleged that Webster once asked him to come into a hot tub naked.where they say Webster showed them porn, made lewd gestures in the office and mocked clients during staff meetings.
A former employee previously known to Fox News, who wished to remain anonymous, said in 2017 that Webster touched him inappropriately on “multiple occasions” adding there are “so many” stories similar to his.
Webster has worked in the music industry in Nashville for over 20 years. In addition to clients like Dolly Parton, his firm has also helped artists like George Jones and Kenny Rogers with their marketing campaigns.
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