LA business manager to Nicki Minaj and the Kardashians ‘was tortured with a KNIFE before being murdered by her boyfriend and driven around in the trunk of his car’: Cops say victim was beaten around the head and strangled
Graphic new details have emerged about the murder of a business manager to Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj, including how her boyfriend allegedly used a knife and a gun to ‘torture’ her before beating, stabbing and strangling her to death, and then stuffing her body into the trunk of her car.
Police found Angela ‘Angie’ Kukawski, 55, dead in her car in Simi Valley northwest of Los Angeles on December 23, a day after she was reported missing, police said in a statement.
Her 49-year-old boyfriend, Jason Barker, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with counts of murder and torture, authorities and public records said.
Los Angeles business manager Angela Kukawski, who worked with the Kardashians, Nick Minaj and Kanye West, was tortured with a knife before police say her boyfriend murdered her last week (Pictured: Kukawski’s clients Khloe, Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner)
Nicki Minaj, 39, took to social media Wednesday with a tribute to Kukawski, who managed the singer’s business affairs
Police on Tuesday arrested Jason Barker, 49, Kukawski’s boyfriend, on torture and murder charges
Kukawski died from sharp and blunt force injuries to the head and neck and strangulation, the Ventura County coroner said.
A criminal complaint from Los Angeles County prosecutors alleges Barker also tortured her with a knife and a firearm ‘with the intent to cause cruel and extreme pain and suffering for the purpose of revenge, extortion, persuasion and for a sadistic purpose, inflict great bodily injury.’
The Kardashian-Jenner family on Wednesday released a statement to DailyMail.com, mourning Kukawski’s death.
‘Angela was truly the best,’ they wrote. ‘She cared about everyone of us and made things happen that were impossible. She will be greatly missed and we send our sincere condolences to her family and loved ones during this most difficult time.’
Detectives believe Barker killed Kukawski inside their home in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles, put her inside her car, drove it to Simi Valley, parked it and left her inside, authorities said.
Rapper Offset, pictured with wife Cardi B at a basketball game in Atlanta on December 27, left, took to Instagram to mourn his business manager
Barker was being held in jail on $3.07million bail. He has not entered a plea or responded to the charges.
He is due back in Van Nuys Municipal Court on January 12.
Kukawski, a mother of five children who also went by the last name Castro, worked for the firm Boulevard Management and handled several high-profile clients during her career, including Minaj, Kardashian, the rapper Offset and the estate of Tupac Shakur, according to entertainment trade papers 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, wonderful person, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.’
Detectives believe Barker killed Kukawski in the Sherman Oaks section of LA and then drove her body to Simi Valley
Minaj, one of Kukawski’s celebrity clients, on Wednesday took to social media to pay tribute to her manager.
‘Hardest working, most reliable, sweetest person you could ever know,’ the Super Bass singer wrote. ‘You didn’t deserve this, Angela. My heart is breaking for your children. Rest in peace.’
Offset also posted a message on his Instagram Stories, writing: ‘R.I.P Angie such a sweetheart you helped me so much. Talked to you every week I’m in disbelieve (sic) SMH prayer to your soul.’