WASHINGTON D.C. (CelebrityAccess) — Following his arrest on a solicitation of prostitution charge last week, indie promoter Seth Hurwitz announced that he’s stepping back from his leadership role at I.M.P. while he works to resolve the issue.
In an email obtained by Billboard, Hurwitz revealed the news to staff over the weekend, with COO Donna Westmoreland stepping in to oversee the company in his absence with assistance Melanie Cantwell and head of production Ed Stack.
“As anyone who knows our concert and venue businesses well is aware, I don’t have much to do with actually running them these days, but to eliminate distraction, I’m stepping aside for the time being until the matter is resolved,” Hurwitz wrote in the email.
“As always, Donna Westmoreland, our COO, will be at the helm. She’s been with us for 29 years and has been the leading force of the company for about a dozen years, so together with Melanie Cantwell and her booking team and Ed Stack running production, as well as each of the venue managers — and all of you — I know this will be seamless.”
“I want to let the legal process take its course without my issue getting in the way of our business. I’m looking forward to a positive resolution to my situation and thank you as always for all you do to make us the company we are,” Hurwitz added before concluding, “see you in a while…but not right now.”
Hurwitz was arrested last Wednesday after he was alleged to have attempted to solicit an act of prostitution from a professional massage therapist after subjecting her to inappropriate comments during a massage session.
I.M.P. owns two noted Washington D.C. concert venues, the 9:30 Club, and operates the Anthem, which opened in 2017; the Lincoln Theater; and the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md.