OnlyFans star accused of stabbing boyfriend insists it was self-defense, despite past video of her alleged attack on him
The lawyer for OnlyFans model Courtney Clenney insisted the influencer acted in self-defense and denounced prosecutors for releasing a video in which she appears to be violently attacking the boyfriend she ultimately stabbed to death.
Known to her two million OnlyFans and Instagram followers as Courtney Tailor, Clenney, 26, was arrested in Hawaii on Wednesday and charged with second-degree murder after she allegedly stabbed her estranged boyfriend, cryptocurrency trader Christian “Toby” Obumseli, 27, during a domestic dispute on April 3 in a luxury high-rise apartment in Miami, Florida.
As BizPac Review reported, Clenney’s Miami defense attorney, Frank Prieto, immediately insisted his client, who checked herself into a rehabilitation center in Hawaii for substance abuse and PTSD, acted in self-defense.
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“Obumseli attacked her and choked her that evening; Courtney had no choice but to meet force with force,” Prieto stated. “We will vigorously defend Courtney and clear her of this unfounded and baseless charge.”
However, on Thursday, prosecutors in the case released surveillance video taken on February 21 in an elevator which appears to show Clenney violently attacking Obumseli.
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Prieto dismissed the video, calling it “irrelevant and likely inadmissible,” the Daily Mail reports.
“It is a shame that the State Attorney’s Office is seeking to win this case in the court of public opinion by showing an irrelevant and likely inadmissible video of Courtney in an elevator getting physical with Obumseli,” he stated. “‘The video does not depict the events leading up to what was captured in the elevator.”
According to Prieto, Obumseli was the violent, manipulative one of the pair.
“Obumseli was the abuser, the worst kind of abuser,” he said. “He would manipulate and abuse Courtney in private when he thought nobody was around.”
The couple, who had been dating less than two years when the stabbing occurred, had “a tumultuous relationship,” Prieto acknowledged, but Clenney was not the aggressor, and painting her as one could prevent the social media influencer from receiving a fair trial.
“It is inappropriate for prosecutors to try and taint the community against Courtney to the point she may not be able to receive a fair trial,” Prieto stated. ‘The charging decision in this matter should have been made on the evidence of what occurred that evening in the apartment and nothing more.”
“This is a case of self defense and the facts that will be presented at trial will prove this,” he vowed.
According to prosecutors, the couple routinely fought, broke up, and reunited.
Witnesses claim the pair would often fight loudly late into the night — so much so that neighbors sought an eviction notice.
In March, Clenney allegedly threw Obumseli out, and her mother came to stay with her. By April 1, the two had “rekindled their relationship” the arrest warrant reads, and the “arguments began almost immediately.”
Police were called out that night. No arrests were made, but Clenney “appeared intoxicated.”
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Two days later, things “began peacefully.” Clenney and Obumseli were “playing with their dogs at home,” police documents revealed.
At 1:15 p.m., Obumseli reportedly went to Subway for sandwiches while Clenney posted a new video to Instagram.
At 4:32, Obumseli returned home and, prosecutors maintain, 13 minutes later, Clenney stabbed him to death.
At 4:57, Clenney called police to report the stabbing.
“On that call, the victim can be heard in the background repeatedly saying he is dying and cannot feel his arm,” the warrant reads. “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.”
Detectives at the scene noted Clenney showed no signs of injury and “at no time did [she] claim the victim was armed with any type of weapon.”
Clenney had claimed she had thrown the knife — a claim Chief Medical Examiner Kenneth Hutchins appeared to question.
“I don not think that this was… I don’t know,” he said. “I really don’t know if this was justified at all.”
Meanwhile, Obumseli’s family is demanding answers.
The Austin, Texas, family have started a GoFundMe and have raised more than $80,000.
“Christian Toby Obumseli was murdered in Florida a week before his 28th birthday. It is unconscionable to make sense of our new reality,” the GoFundMe page reads. “That someone’s selfish act ripped Christian away from this world. It is not enough to say we are shocked and hurting – we are utterly devastated.”
“His murder leaves many unanswered questions and creates a void that can never be fixed or filled. Not even with time,” the statement continues. “Christian was extremely compassionate with a desire always to uplift those around him. He did not deserve for his life to be cut short by a heinous act of violence.”
This post was originally published on Biz Pac Review.