MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD (CelebrityAccess) — I.M.P. chairman Seth Hurwitz has been arrested and charged with solicitation of prostitution after he was alleged to have tried to convince a massage therapist to perform sex acts for money.
According to Montgomery County Police, Hurwitz was alleged to have propositioned a massage therapist about engaging in sexual acts in exchange for money during a massage on August 16th.
The alleged victim, who was not named, declined the offer as well as several invitations from Hurwitz to visit his home for the purpose of providing massages and then ended the massage session early due to Hurwitz’s behavior, police said.
“During the massage session, Hurwitz made sexual comments and inappropriate sexual motions. He implied to the victim that her tip would be greater if she performed sexual acts. The victim also noted that Hurwitz had left a roll of cash laying on the floor in plain view in the massage room,” Montgomery County Police said in a statement on Wednesday.
The alleged victim reported the encounter to police, and later when Hurwitz contacted her again during a phone call and series of text messages observed by detectives, was alleged to have arranged to meet with the massage therapist to exchange cash for sexual favors.
Hurwitz was arrested on Wednesday after showing up at the massage studio for the purported meeting, police said.
Due to statements, Hurwitz made during conversations with the victim about having similar arrangements with other women, investigators said they suspect there may be other victims.
Hurwitz owns two prominent Washington D.C. concert venues, the 9:30 Club and The Anthem and is chairman of I.M.P., which handles production and promotion at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbus, MD, as well as the Lincoln Theater in Washington.
In a statement released on Thursday, Paul F. Kemp, an attorney for Hurwitz said: “In response to the numerous inquiries about the misdemeanor charge placed yesterday, it is far too early to comment on the allegation. The facts will come out in due course. In the meantime, we ask that you give consideration to Seth and his family. Seth is presumed innocent under our laws. We look forward to a prompt resolution of this case.”
In a separate note from Hurwitz to IMP employees, he said:
Obviously, the recent events have caused a great deal of embarrassment to everybody.
We are working to resolve this…I only ask that you don’t pass judgment until that day.
But, until then, this is not a matter that concerns our business and please soldier on as usual, doing the great jobs that have made us who we are…and I say WE because who we are is not just about me.
I am, however…VERY sorry for any embarrassment & stress this is causing any of you.
This story was first reported by Fairfax News.