Kid Rock Weighs in on Sexual Harassment in Music

He Was Shocked to Learn of Former Publicist's Alleged History of Workplace Misconduct

Both the #MeToo and #TimesUp grassroots campaigns have led to the professional downfalls of many men in entertainment, politics and sports, including Nashville publicist, Kirt Webster. His firm Webster and Associates represented many names including Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, the Oak Ridge Boys, Justin Moore and Kid Rock.

The company rebranded in fall 2017 after a former client and several employees came forward with allegations of workplace misconduct against Webster.

Rock touched on the allegations against Webster when CMT Hot 20 Countdown recently caught up with him on the set of the “American Rock ’n’ Roll” music video. Co-written by hitmakers Joey Hyde, Aaron Eshius and Neil Medley, the new single is the latest release from his first Nashville-made album, Sweet Southern Sugar.

“I would say Kirt Webster has been nothing but great to me and kind to me and helped me out in a lot of situations,” he said. “Every time I’ve been to jail he’s been there to get me out.

“I was shocked as everyone else was to find out that was going on,” he added, “and there’s some of it where I’m like, ’That’s terrible,’ and some of it I’m like, ’Is that true?’ It’s unfortunate, but it’s great it has come to the forefront. But you just hope the truth comes out.”

He also acknowledged rock ’n’ roll’s history of misbehavior admitting that it’s been traditionally accepted was part of the norm.

“In my younger days,” he said, “we always approached things like, you know, we can have a great time and get wild after a show whether it’s women, drugs, this, that and the other, and you’re young and doing it, it’s kind of the handbook.

“I personally always treated everyone right and with respect, made sure someone had something to eat or got a ride home. And if you were getting wild, you didn’t treat people badly.”

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