This story mentions bodily violence towards individuals and particulars violence towards animals.
Horses chef and co-owner Liz Johnson has accused her husband and co-owner Will Aghajanian of abuse, in addition to killing the household’s cats, in a divorce submitting, stories the Los Angeles Occasions.
Johnson filed for a home violence restraining order in opposition to Aghajanian in November 2022, the place she alleged that her husband bodily assaulted her and killed cats. Aghajanian denied the claims in court docket filings calling them “false allegations.” Over the previous few days, nameless posters in addition to business insiders and journalists have been alluding to rumors round alleged behaviors from the Horses chef-co-owners.
In line with court docket filings, Johnson mentioned that the household cat she took to a neighborhood shelter was severely wounded, with the shelter alleging the cat was abused, an accusation that Aghajanian denied. Johnson additionally alleged that Aghajanian had tried to feed the cat to coyotes as a result of he didn’t prefer it, in line with the submitting. Johnson additionally mentioned she caught Aghajanian “violently shaking the cat late at night time,” whereupon the pet died the following day. “Will put the lifeless cat within the trash and insisted on retaining the corpse in the home,” mentioned Johnson. Johnson additionally claims within the filings that Aghajanian’s psychological and psychological abuse stored her from realizing what he was doing to the cats. It’s unclear whether or not Horses is open for enterprise however as of this afternoon, there have been nonetheless a number of reservations obtainable on Resy.
After the story was printed, the LA Occasions added feedback from Aghajanian. Responding to the allegations of home and animal abuse, he mentioned that he “liked cats, mice. And each different animal below gods/allah no matter every faith calls him/her and have liked all animals since I used to be a toddler.” He continued, “I’ve issues killing lobster, and normally attempt to do it in probably the most humane means doable.” Aghajanian additionally advised the Occasions that he believed Johnson was “making an attempt to take my companies away from me by divorce,” and making up false narratives. He alleged Johnson, “falsely accuses me of issues that she has completed or that she threatened to do to me and my pets. My pets are like youngsters to me and I like them dearly.”
Horses opened in September 2021 within the former Pikey/Ye Coach & Horses area, a virtually 90-year-old constructing that had operated as a legendary Hollywood restaurant and dive bar for many years. Johnson and Aghajanian introduced a prolonged and celebrated resume from their time as co-chefs of Nashville’s celebrated Catbird Seat tasting menu restaurant. They have been reportedly ousted from that restaurant a 12 months later, however not earlier than being nominated as co-Rising Star Cooks by the James Beard Award Basis. Johnson additionally gained a James Beard nomination for her tenure at Freedman’s in Silver Lake.
Horses was an instantaneous Hollywood movie star favourite and earned optimistic evaluations from the New York Occasions and Los Angeles Occasions. Although it wasn’t recognized when it opened, Eater LA reported in August 2022 that former Noticed Pig and Fireside & Hound proprietor Ken Friedman, who was accused of sexual harassment in 2017, was alleged to have been a accomplice in Horses. Each Johnson and Aghajanian denied that Friedman was concerned in Horses.
Johnson’s restraining order was authorized in December 2022 after which renewed on Could 1, 2023 by a decide. Per the LA Occasions, Aghajanian has been ordered to remain a minimum of 100 toes away from Johnson and her three canines. Aghajanian filed his personal restraining order alleging Johnson misled the court docket and requested custody of two of the canines. He additionally claimed he was a sufferer of long-term abuse. On the time of publication, Johnson and Aghajanian have been nonetheless listed as cooks and co-owners of the restaurant on Resy.
Replace, Wednesday, Could 17, 3:55 pm: This text was up to date to replicate extra feedback from Aghajanian through the LA Occasions.