June 2, 2023

The married co-chefs of the fashionable Hollywood restaurant Horses are in a cat struggle — as in a single has accused the opposite of killing her cats.

Elizabeth Johnson, who ran the Jewish deli Freedman’s in Silver Lake earlier than opening Horses in 2021, claims in a divorce submitting that her husband and enterprise accomplice, Will Aghajanian, shook their new kitten to dying. (Aghajanian paradoxically opened up a restaurant known as Catbird earlier than Horses.)

“Will and I’ve had cats that mysteriously ended up dying, together with one in 2017 who I took to a shelter when she grew to become severely wounded in a single day. The shelter instructed me she had been severely abused, however Will denied it,” she mentioned, explaining that, in denial herself, they then bought a brand new kitten — which, you guessed it, didn’t go nicely.

From the LA Occasions:

[Johnson] claims that Aghajanian joked about feeding the kitten to coyotes and mentioned he did not just like the cat, in accordance with the submitting. Ultimately, she alleges she witnessed him hurting their cat, she wrote within the submitting.

“I caught Will violently shaking the cat late at night time, and he died the following day,” she wrote. “Will put the lifeless cat within the trash and insisted on holding the corpse in the home.” …

A choose within the case accepted the home violence restraining order in December and reissued it on Could 1, in accordance with court docket paperwork.

In his personal submitting for a restraining order, Aghajanian requested custody again of the canine Pancho and Javi, saying that Johnson “misled the Courtroom into making orders towards me.” …

Aghajanian claimed that he was the sufferer within the marriage. He claimed that Johnson threatened to kill him repeatedly and burned him a minimum of twice with a metallic spatula and a spoon she had first positioned right into a fryer, in accordance with court docket filings.

Welp, I’ve by no means eaten at Horses and I do not reside removed from it, however after studying this unappetizing article, I feel I will cross.

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