9:30 Club Co-Owner Was Charged With Solicitation Of Prostitution At A Md. Massage Parlor
A man with the same name as the owner of several D.C. music venues has been charged in Montgomery County with soliciting prostitution from a massage therapist, according to a Wednesday press release from police.
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Seth Hurwitz, 60, was arrested Wednesday at the massage therapist’s place of business, according to the Montgomery County Department of Police. The mugshot appears to depict the co-chair of I.M.P., which operates music venues including the 9:30 Club, The Anthem, and Merriweather Post Pavilion, also named Seth Hurwitz.
Multiple news outlets have connected the arrestee to the Hurwitz who runs the music and production company. A representative for I.M.P. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The massage therapist’s name as well as the name of her business are being withheld by authorities to protect her identity.
Police said that according to the victim, Hurwitz called the victim’s business on August 15 and scheduled an appointment. Later that day, per police, Hurwitz arrived for his appointment, and made “inappropriate sexual motions,” telling the victim she would receive a bigger tip if she performed sexual acts. He also asked the victim twice to conduct a massage for him at his home, which the victim declined. Police said she ended the massage early due to his “increasing inappropriate sexual behavior.” The victim also noted that Hurwitz had left a roll of cash laying on the floor in plain view in the massage room, per police.
Hurwitz texted and called the victim the next day, police say, again asking her to come to his home. While detectives were present, the victim spoke on the phone and texted with Hurwitz, during which time he agreed to return to her business and pay cash in exchange for sexual favors.
Hurwitz was arrested when he arrived for his appointment on Wednesday and charged with solicitation for prostitution. Police say they believe there may be other victims, based on comments Hurwitz made to the victim in this case “about having similar arrangements with other women.”
Hurwitz was released Wednesday on a $5,000 bond. Given statements made by the victim, police believe the suspect may have had similar arrangements with other women and there may be more victims. Authorities are asking people with any additional information to call 240-773-5958.