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Warrant says Bootsy Bellows partner missed court appearance

Pitkin County Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely on Wednesday morning signed an arrest warrant for Scott Hunter Kuhn, described in court documents as a part-owner of Aspen’s newest exclusive nightclub, Bootsy Bellows.

Should Kuhn be picked up by authorities and brought to the Pitkin County Jail — or if he turns himself in — he will be required to pay a cash bond of $10,000 to gain release, according to the warrant.

The 33-year-old failed to make a scheduled court appearance Tuesday relating to four different cases against him. In open court, while dealing with a separate case, Deputy District Attorney Jason Slothouber commented that Kuhn was “MIA” — missing in action. Slothouber alluded to an unverified report that Kuhn might be in the Las Vegas area.

Kuhn’s current legal issues date back to Dec. 18, 2012, when he was arrested by Aspen police on suspicion of DUI following an accident. At the time, he listed his residence as Los Angeles.

Since then:

• On Feb. 7, 2013, he was again arrested by Aspen police on allegations of disorderly conduct by fighting, harassment and resisting arrest. Details of the alleged incident were not available immediately on Wednesday.

• On April 22, 2013, he was accused of missing a court proceeding related to the February arrest, a violation of bail-bond conditions. He also was accused on Nov. 12 of missing a court appearance stemming from the same matter.

• On Jan. 9, Aspen police arrested him in the stairway of the Hyman Avenue nightclub Escobar on suspicion of violating a protection order. Police said he had been “holding a bottle of beer” inside the club and that they smelled alcohol on his breath.

• On Jan. 23, local police arrested him again on suspicion of a similar violation of a protection order. A police statement said that he was found sitting in a booth inside the Regal Watering Hole. The restraining order states that he may not visit the Regal.

• On Jan. 31, Kuhn’s attorney, Charles D. Fagan, filed a motion with the court for a modification of his client’s bond conditions. The motion states, among other things, that Kuhn agreed to pay a cash bond of $20,000, to seek counseling, not to use alcohol, to take prescribed medications, to attend yoga classes and to adopt a healthy diet plan.

“The defendant recognizes that his work schedule of approximately 100 hours per week is unsustainable and was contributing to his mental issues, and the defendant will endeavor to limit his work hours to 60 hours per week,” the motion says.

• On Feb. 11, Fernandez-Ely granted a request from Fagan to withdraw as Kuhn’s counsel.

Bootsy Bellows, located in the East Hopkins Avenue basement space formerly occupied by Syzygy restaurant, opened in late December. Its original location is on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, Calif., and actor David Arquette is one of club’s founders. Arquette’s mother, a former burlesque dancer and pin-up model, performed under the name Bootsy Bellows.

asalvail@aspentimes.com


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