Independent concert promoter Seth Hurwitz of I.M.P., who co-owns the popular Washington D.C. music venue 9:30 Club and has operating agreements with The Anthem and Merriweather Post Pavilion, has been arrested and charged with solicitation of prostitution by Montgomery County police, according to multiple reports. Fairfax News was first to report the arrest.
The victim, a licensed massage therapist, claims Hurwitz made inappropriate sexual comments and motions at her workplace last Thursday, implying she would receive a bigger tip for performing sex acts. He also allegedly left a roll of cash on the floor of the massage room.
A representative at the 9:30 Club did not immediately respond to Billboard's request for comment.
The massage therapist additionally claims that Hurwitz asked two times if she would perform a massage for him at his home at a future date and that she ended the session 10 minutes early due to his behavior. She also alleges he texted her later that day and the following day.
After contacting police on Aug. 16, detectives reportedly witnessed a further series of texts and a phone call between Hurwitz and the alleged victim, during which he offered her money for sex acts. He was arrested at the massage therapist’s place of business on Wednesday morning (Aug. 21) after showing up for a scheduled appointment. He was reportedly carrying 10 $100 bills outside his wallet.
The massage therapist told police Hurwitz mentioned he had similar arrangements with other women; Montgomery County detectives are currently searching for other possible victims.