Cash App Founder Bob Lee Had Affair with Alleged Killer’s Sister, According to WSJ

On April 14, 2021, Bob Lee, the founder of the popular payment app Cash App, was found stabbed to death in San Francisco. The incident sent shockwaves through the tech industry, and sparked a frenzy of media coverage as people scrambled to uncover the truth behind Lee’s untimely demise.

Now, a new report from the Wall Street Journal sheds light on what may have led to Lee’s murder. According to the investigation, Lee was a regular participant in an underground party scene known as “The Lifestyle,” which involves recreational drug use and casual sex. Lee’s friend Gift Kerat, who spent a lot of time with him during the pandemic, said that Lee had several girlfriends during this period but was respectful of them.

Cash App founder Bob Lee (left) and Khazar Momeni (second from right) were allegedly having an affair. 
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However, Lee’s involvement in “The Lifestyle” may have contributed to his tragic end. The WSJ report indicates that Lee was having an affair with Khazar Momeni, the wife of a prominent San Francisco plastic surgeon. Momeni was also allegedly part of “The Lifestyle” and was casually sleeping with Lee.

Nima Momeni, Khazar’s brother and a 38-year-old tech consultant who had known Lee for a decade, is accused of stabbing Lee to death. Court documents show that Nima confronted Lee about his relationship with Khazar before the altercation. Lee and Khazar had reportedly been drinking with a group of friends at a house party in San Francisco prior to the incident.

During the confrontation, Nima asked Lee if Khazar “was doing drugs [or] anything inappropriate” and proceeded to argue with the Cash App founder. Witnesses at the scene reported that Lee told Nima that his sister had not taken any drugs and “nothing inappropriate had happened.” However, a toxicology report later revealed that Lee had ketamine and cocaine in his system.

Later that evening, both Nima and Lee separately arrived at Khazar’s apartment before leaving together in Nima’s white BMW Z4 at 2:04 a.m. Prosecutors say that Nima then drove Lee to a “dark and secluded” San Francisco street corner and stabbed him in a “planned and deliberate attack.”

Khazar’s text message to Lee following the confrontation suggests that she was aware of the situation. “Just wanted to make sure your doing ok Cause [I] know nima came wayyyyyy down hard on you,” she wrote. “Thank you for being such a classy man handling it with class. Love you Selfish pricks.”

The WSJ report indicates that “The Lifestyle” is an underground party scene within the San Francisco tech community that involves recreational drug use and casual sex. According to court documents, prosecutors said that Khazar was married, “but the relationship had possibly been in jeopardy.”

Khazar’s attorneys, Mary McNamara and Ed Swanson, have denied the rumors surrounding the case. “There are many rumors circulating around this case, many of them untrue,” the attorneys said in a statement. “Ms. Momeni loves and supports her brother. What happened here is a tragedy, and Ms. Momeni is deeply saddened at the suffering of the Lee family as they deal with their terrible loss.”

Lee’s wife Krista, with whom he was separated, told the Journal that Lee was not a “party boy” and she had never heard the term “The Lifestyle.” “He was kind and generous — he saw the good in everybody,” Krista Lee said.

Nima has been arrested on murder charges and is being held without bail until his arraignment. He plans to plead not guilty, according to his attorneys.

The tragedy of Bob Lee’s death has sparked a discussion about the dangers of the tech industry’s culture of excess and partying. The WSJ report suggests that Lee’s involvement in “The Lifestyle”

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