Seth Hurwitz, a Washington, D.C.-based concert promoter and venue owner, is taking a leave of absence after being arrested and charged with solicitation of prostitution.
Prior to the arrest, which came on the evening of August 21st, police conducted a thorough investigation of Hurwitz. The investigation stemmed from a report filed by a female masseuse who claimed that a client had requested sexual services during a massage appointment.
Police ran the man’s phone number and learned that the individual in-question was Seth Hurwitz.
Authorities monitored Hurwitz’s conversations with the masseuse and directed her to book a second appointment, which Hurwitz believed would involve sexual services. Police arrested Hurwitz when he arrived at the masseuse’s office at 9:30 PM on August 21st.
Seth Hurwitz was charged with solicitation of prostitution, which is a misdemeanor in Maryland, and was released on $5,000 bond. He is scheduled to reappear in court on September 26th. He faces a potential $500 fine and a maximum sentence of one year behind bars.
Seth Hurwitz also owns The Anthem, another nightclub and concert venue located in Washington, D.C. Though not as popular as The 9:30 Club, The Anthem maintains a sizable following.
As of this morning, Hurwitz has temporarily stepped down from his position at The 9:30 Club and The Anthem, and he’s expected to become reinvolved with operations once these legal proceedings have finished.