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Chef Elijah Milligan out at Stateside after being arrested; defense lawyer says witness was not credible

Chef Elijah Milligan, one of the city’s rising culinary stars since he was named chef at Stateside in March, lost his job in the wake of an arrest on Oct. 22.

Milligan was arrested after he got tangled in a dispute at his girlfriend’s apartment building in Olney, said his attorney, Jonathan M. Cohen.

Cohen said that the incident involved an argument between Milligan’s girlfriend, with whom he has a 2-year-old, and her sister’s girlfriend, who lived in an apartment downstairs.

“The story that the witness told was incredible,” Cohen said, referring to a preliminary hearing on Tuesday. “She admitted on the stand that [Milligan] was trying to mediate a dispute between his girlfriend and her sister and the sister’s [girlfriend].”

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Pic of Milligan in happier times comes from Hog Island Press

Milligan was charged with misdemeanor counts of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats and possession of an instrument of crime, according to court records.

A stay-away order also was issued against Milligan. “That’s routine in cases like these,” said Cohen, who expects that the charges will be dropped. “He wants nothing to do with them.”

A message left with the assistant district attorney prosecuting the case, Whitney Golden, was not immediately returned. A trial has been scheduled in Municipal Court on Dec. 9.

A source at Stateside who asked not to be named said the arrest had nothing to do with Milligan leaving the restaurant. “He’s a good kid and a great chef,” the source said. “The whole thing was a misunderstanding. He didn’t do anything wrong and he was trying to help a friend.”

Cohen said Milligan “lost his job within hours of the arrest.” It’s a shame Milligan got caught up in this, Cohen said. “He’s a peaceful foodie guy.”

 

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6 Responses to Chef Elijah Milligan out at Stateside after being arrested; defense lawyer says witness was not credible

  1. Anthony November 7, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    So why did they fire him then? Don’t hold your breath waiting for the ADA to call you back, either.

    • Albert Stumm November 7, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

      I couldn’t get an official response. I believe one may be coming shortly though.

  2. TheTruthFairy November 8, 2013 at 1:23 am #

    Pennsylvania is an at-will state and anyone can be fired for any reason without warning. Life sucks. Good luck to Elijah and move on. There, story over.

    Good job to Passyunk Post for giving this story more publicity that it deserves and making it worse for everyone involved.

    • Joe November 8, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

      It’s very possible to wrongfully terminate an at-will employee. In which case, no, story not over. Then there’s (in PA) implied contract exceptions. Among other things.

  3. Nate November 8, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    Man, this is so messed up. He was a good chef and seemed like a really nice person. Shame on Stateside for not sticky by their employees especially after reading this story! Hope he finds work elsewhere and this incident doesn’t follow him.

  4. Anthony November 8, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    OK TruthFairy, guess we can forget about it, silly us.

    He was a good chef, and would be curious to know whey they didn’t stick with him if it is all bs, notwithstanding the law of “at will” employment in Pennsylvania, which is not the point.

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