Kardashians business manager killed, boyfriend charged

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles business executive whose clients included Nicki Minaj and the Kardashians has been killed and her boyfriend has been charged with murder and torture, authorities said Wednesday.

Police found Angela Kukawski, 55, dead in her car in Simi Valley, northwest of Los Angeles, on Dec. 23, a day after she went missing, police said in a statement.

Her 49-year-old boyfriend, Jason Barker, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with murder and torture, authorities and public records said.

Kukawski died of acute, blunt-force injuries to the head and neck and strangulation, the Ventura County coroner said.

A criminal complaint from Los Angeles County prosecutors alleges that Barker also tortured her with a knife before her death.

Detectives believe Barker killed Kukawski inside their home in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles, put her in his car, drove her to Simi Valley, parked her and left her at inside, authorities said.

Barker was being held in jail on more than $3 million bail. He did not enter a plea or respond to the charges. It is unclear whether he has hired a lawyer who could comment.

Kukawski worked for Boulevard Management and managed several high-profile clients during his career, including Minaj, Kim Kardashian, Offset and the estate of Tupac Shakur, according to entertainment outlets Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.

“We are saddened and heartbroken by the loss of our colleague, Angie Kukawski,” Todd Bozick of Boulevard Management said in a statement. “Angie was a kind and wonderful person, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.”

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Mary H. Martino