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Who is Koa Johnson? 'RHOSLC' star Jen Shah's ex-employee accused her of abusing him

Johnson came under the spotlight when an audio clip of Jen 'verbally abusing' him began doing rounds on the internet
Designer Koa Johnson and 'RHOSLC' star Jen Shah (Koa Johnson's Instagram/ Bravo)
Designer Koa Johnson and 'RHOSLC' star Jen Shah (Koa Johnson's Instagram/ Bravo)

Fans of 'Real Housewives of Salt Lake City' are no strangers to Jen Shah's temper tantrums and sudden outbursts. Fans once again got a peek of it when the housewife decided to catch up with Lisa Barlow. Lisa, who was left feeling unsettled after her friend, Jen, failed to defend her during her fight with Mary Cosby wanted to explain to her co-star that she should be more selective about people she's letting into her life.

Unfortunately for Lisa, she ended up touching a sore spot for Jen when she brought up Jen and Heather Gay's 'dysfunctional friendship'. To drive home the point, she even brought up one of Jen's former employees who accused the housewife of ill-treating him. The name of the former employee was censored, so we couldn't hear the name but enough details were revealed about the unnamed employee. Lisa pointed out how an audio clip that leaked of the exchange between the former employee and her doesn't put her in the best light. The other ladies chimed in their confessional by stating how the audio clip made Jen look really bad as she could reportedly be heard berating the employee. Jen defended herself by stating that it was her fault as she blindly placed her trust in the employee with doing her due-diligence. She explained that the only reason she hired that person was that he belonged to Hawaii, and expressed how she was tired of being 'screwed over'. 


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A little bit of digging through the Internet revealed that the unnamed employee was none other than Jen's former designer Koa Johnson. If you're curious to know more about Koa and his side of the story, then read on.

Who is Koa Johnson?

Johnson is a fashion designer who was born and raised in Hawaii. He received an Associate's Degree from the University of Hawai'i-Maui College's Fashion Technology program in 2011. He has rich experience in the fashion industry and is known for his unconventional designs using materials like plastic to design his high-end couture designs. 

Johnson came under the spotlight when an audio clip of Jen 'verbally abusing' him began doing rounds on the internet. In a report by Screen Rant the contents of the clip were revealed. Jen could reportedly be heard saying, "I'm going to beat the s*** outta you in like two seconds." According to the outlet the designer stayed calm and polite while the 'RHOSLC' star was busy threatening him. 


Johnson, however, denied leaking the audio clips and claimed he has no idea of who released it. In a since-deleted post, the designer addressed the drama and confirmed that the contents of the audio clip were true. He wrote, "I don't know who released the audio, but I'm glad they did because now I feel like I can finally speak about my experience. I have been protecting this woman for too long." he accused the housewife of verbally assaulting him. The designer was employed by Jen for ten months, he described the work environment as hostile and also revealed that he wasn't paid for the work he delivered in his last four months of employment.

'Real Housewives of Salt Lake City' Season 2 airs every Sunday at 9/8c on Bravo.