Thursday, February 8, 2018

CRS Responds To Report of Sexual Misconduct

The annual Country Radio Seminar (CRS) is focused on education, networking, and Country Music as a whole, but recently, a lot of the conversation has been about sexual harassment and misconduct, reports Nashville's NewsChannel 5.

The conversation started when Rolling Stone published an article telling the stories of multiple unwanted sexual encounters during previous seminars.

"I am not aware of one police report, one complaint filed with the hotel or with CRB office," Bill Mayne, executive director of Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB), said. "We do not tolerate in any shape or form any sexual misconduct, any improper behavior."

The interview with Mayne came after NewsChannel 5's Jesse Knutson attempted to talk with CRS officials on Monday, the first day of the seminar, and after first being approved for the interview with Mayne, had the interview canceled, and had his credentials revoked.

On Wednesday, Mayne agreed to talk, as well as secretary of the Country Radio Seminar Board, Beverlee Brannigan.

Mayne and Brannigan both said that they aren't aware of what happens outside of the seminar itself, which is where the allegations from the Rolling Stone article took place, but they stressed they take the security and safety of their attendees seriously at all of their events and gatherings.

"Not only do we not condone it (sexual misconduct), but we also have a great degree of security and hotel security team as well as our own private security team we bring in to insure that every attendee and every participant in CRS, be they radio person, be they artist, that their safety is guaranteed at all times," Mayne said.

For the first time this year, CRS held two workshops about sexual harassment that included how to recognize harassment, how to avoid it, and what to do about it.

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