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A popular OnlyFans and Instagram model is facing a murder charge, four months after the fatal stabbing of her boyfriend in their luxury high-rise apartment complex in Edgewater, Florida.
Courtney Clenney, 26, known as Courtney Tailor on social media, was arrested Wednesday in Hawaii for second-degree murder with a deadly weapon for the death of her boyfriend Christian “Toby” Obumseli on April 3 of this year. She was taken into custody by the United States Marshals Service, according to a media release by the Hawaii Police Department.
At a press conference on Thursday, prosecutors said that Clenney had initially claimed she'd thrown the knife at Obumseli from 10 feet away, but his autopsy showed a three inch knife wound at a downward angle that could not have occurred as she'd claimed, according to the Miami Herald.
“The violent and toxic two-year relationship of Christian Obumseli and Courtney Clenney did not have to end in tragedy with Christian’s murder as a victim of domestic violence,” State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said.
Although she claimed she'd stabbed Obumseli in self defense after he'd tried to choke her, prosecutors said she had no bruises consistent with choking and she never claimed that her boyfriend had a weapon. And they pointed to her repeated history of abusing him as a factor in their decision.
Clenney’s attorney, Frank Prieto, told the Herald that his client was in Hawaii for substance abuse rehabilitation and post-traumatic stress disorder treatment.
“I’m completely shocked, especially since we were cooperating with the investigation and offered to voluntarily surrender her if she were charged,” Prieto told the newspaper. “We look forward to clearing her name in court.”
Prieto has said previously that Clenney acted in self-defense and that the fatal stabbing was justified because, she claimed, the couple had broken up and that Obumseli was stalking her before his death.
"Christian was committing a crime, and she had every right to defend herself,” Prieto told Rolling Stone in May. “This is not a whodunit. It’s unfortunately a case of self-defense. And she feels horrible.”
Miami-Dade County State’s Attorney Kathy Rundle opened a review of the case, which lasted four months.
As previously reported by Oxygen.com, Obumseli’s family pushed back against Clenney’s claims that he abused her, insisting that her “privilege as a wealthy white woman” was protecting her from criminal charges.
“Although the family is still mourning the untimely death of Mr. Obumseli, we believe that once a full investigation is done Ms. Clenney will be held to account for taking the life of Mr. Obumseli,” the family’s attorney Larry Hanfield said according to Fox News.
Obumseli, 27, worked in cryptocurrency as well as a kind of assistant to Clenney, according to the Miami Herald and Rolling Stone. Clenney has two million followers on Instagram and a popular OnlyFans page, which she reportedly uses as her sources of income.
The pair had been dating less than two years and reportedly had a volatile, violent relationship, breaking up several times. The relationship was reportedly strained by Clenney’s reported alcohol abuse (she has one DUI conviction and another case pending, both in Texas, according to Rolling Stone) and her alleged physical abuse of Obumseli, according Rolling Stone.
“I can summarize it as her always having these manic episodes, dragging him into it, and him trying to be like, ‘calm down, calm down,'” a friend of the couple told the magazine.
Clenney was arrested for domestic battery in Las Vegas after she admitted to throwing a glass at Obumseli and police were called to their home in Austin, Texas multiple times, the Miami Herald reported.
They moved in Miami in January and employees in the building where they lived in the Miami area reported several domestic disturbance complaints by neighbors who even tried to have them evicted, according to the Herald. During Thursday's press conference, prosecutors showed video of Clenney repeatedly attacking Obumseli in a building elevator as he attempts to stop her from hitting him and pulling his hair.
The warrant for her arrest, reviewed by the Herald, reveals that the couple had broken up in late March and Clenney had kicked him out of their apartment for a week, but they started dating again and she had him move back in on April 1.
Police responded to a domestic service call that day at the Miami residence, the newspaper reported. Clenney reportedly had bruises on her arms and legs, according to Rolling Stone, but no arrests were made; Miami authorities now say that she appeared intoxicated at the time.
Two days later, a distraught Clenney called 911 to report that she'd stabbed Obumseli.
According to the arrest warrant reviewed by the Miami Herald, Obumseli was out of the apartment for much of the afternoon before his murder, returning at 4:32 p.m. — just after Clenney had uploaded a video to Instagram and while she was talking to her mother.
Her mother allegedly told police that she heard her daughter yelling at Obumseli shortly after 4:30, calling him a liar. Police believe he was stabbed within 13 minutes of returning to the apartment — by 4:45 p.m. — possibly while Clenney was still on the phone with her mother.
Clenney called 911 at 4:57 p.m.
“On that call, the victim can be heard in the background repeatedly saying he is dying and cannot feel his arm,” police wrote in the warrant. “The defendant is also heard saying, ‘I’m so sorry baby.’”
"The amount of blood throughout the condominium at different levels, including two large pools, evidences the victim was bleeding for an extended period before police arrived,” it adds.
After the 911 call, Clenney's mother allegedly texted her daughter suggesting that she not speak with investigators without an attorney present and using the phrase "self defense."
After the murder, TMZ published a photo of Clenney in the hall of the building, wearing a bra and drenched in blood, talking to the Miami police. She allegedly told them that Obumseli shoved her against a wall by her neck and pushed her to the ground before she picked up the knife that she claimed she'd thrown at him.
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