Rentboy.com’s CEO Jeffrey Hurrant talkied with reporters on Tuesday shortly after he was arraigned in court, denying allegations that his website promotes prostitution.
Officers raided the company’s Manhattan offices on Tuesday afternoon, collecting computers and boxes of evidence.
A video released by NY1 features Hurrant wading through a phalanx of reporters, muttering “No comment” to questions about other employees involved in the case, and his father, who helped bail him out. Hurrant then bemusedly crows, “This is crazy! Twenty years we’ve been doing this, and I don’t think we do anything to promote prostitution… I think we do good things for good people, and we bring good people together. I hope that justice will prevail in the end.”
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Meanwhile, acting U.S. Attorney Kelly T. Currie has said of the charges, “As alleged, Rentboy.com attempted to present a veneer of legality, when in fact this Internet brothel made millions of dollars from the promotion of illegal prostitution.”
Currie: “As alleged, https://t.co/PaM0qs7gyq attempted to present a veneer of legality, when in fact this internet brothel made millions…”
— US Attorney EDNY (@EDNYnews) August 25, 2015
Watch Hurrant make his statement below: