A woman who was once engaged to accused killer Ryan Jenkins, spoke out exclusively with Matt Lauer on The Today Show Thursday morning.
Actress and model Paulina Chmielecka dated Ryan Jenkins for two years, and claims the man who is accused of killing and mutilating Jasmine Fiore’s body, never saw a violent streak in the man she was engaged to. “Of course we fought like any normal relationship but there were no signs of violence.”
Matt Lauer asked the beautiful blonde model if she saw even a “hint that this would be a man, in your opinion, who would be capable of doing what he is accused of doing?” Jenkins’ ex assertively replied “no” and could also never see him take his own life, “It’s not something I’d picture him of doing.”
Chmielecka told Lauer she coincidentally met Jenkins in Las Vegas and was instantly taken with the “charming” man who “swept her off her feet”, adding, he was a “sweetheart.”
According to Chmielecka, the relationship ended when Jenkins asked for “an open relationship. He was definitely a ladies man”. She decided against it and both went their separate ways on good terms and remained distant friends. “We ended off on a good note. We stayed friends but not close friends.”
Jenkins ex-fiance told Lauer she texted Jenkins to congratulate when she heard from a friend that he had married Fiore. Jenkins texted back to let her know it wasn’t the “girl from the show” but someone else. They seemed happy, she told Matt even though they never saw each other until April in a brief run-in with Jenkins in Las Vegas where he and Fiore were attending an event. She never met Fiore who was off in the distance at the pool.
When asked if she could imagine herself in this situation, Chmielecka wasn’t capable of imaging the same man they spoke of. “Again, I can’t put myself in that position…in those shoes. I have no idea how all this happened. The person that I know and his friends know…. it’s pretty much unbelievable.
Jenkins was found hanged Sunday evening at a Canadian motel — which was less than two hours away from his mother’s Vancouver home — less than four days after the Megan Wants a Millionaire contestant was charged in the killing of Fiore.
The 32-year-old Jenkins was wanted on first-degree murder charges after Fiore’s body was found mutilated and stuffed into a suitcase in a Buena Park, California dumpster on August 15.