Kardashians commercial director killed, boyfriend charged

Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Kim Kardashian in Santa Monica on November 10, 2019.
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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 on Wednesday.

Police found Angela Kukawski, 55, dead in her car in Simi Valley, northwest of Los Angeles, on December 23, a day after her disappearance, 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 severe, blunt head and neck injuries and strangulation, the Ventura County coroner said.

A criminal complaint from Los Angeles County prosecutors alleges 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 her car, drove her to Simi Valley, parked her, and left her at inside, authorities said.

Barker was being held on bail for more than 3 million dollars (11 million dirhams). He did not plead or respond to the charges. It is not clear whether he has hired a lawyer who could comment.

Kukawski worked for Boulevard Management and dealt with several high profile clients during his career, including Minaj, Kim Kardashian, Offset and the Tupac Shakur estate, according to entertainment newspapers 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 everyone who knew her will be sadly missed.”

Mary H. Martino