By Sandy Malone and Holly Matkin
Miami, FL – Attorneys for the OnlyFans model accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death in their Miami apartment released police bodycam video that showed the terrified woman begging officers to help her get a restraining order just two days before she killed him (video below).
Prosecutors have alleged that 26-year-old Courtney Clenney, who goes by the name of Courtney Tailor online, murdered her 27-year-old boyfriend, Christian “Toby” Obumseli, with a kitchen knife inside their luxury high-rise apartment in Miami on April 3, FOX News reported.
Clenney, an OnlyFans model with more than two million Instagram followers, was arrested in Laupahoehoe on Hawaii’s Big Island on Aug. 10 on a warrant issued out of Miami-Dade County in Florida, according to KDFW.
Clenney’s attorney, Frank Prieto, told the news outlet she was on the island to obtain treatment for substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The social media influencer waived her right to extradition and has since been returned to South Florida, FOX News reported.
Prieto told Miami-Dade Judge Jacqueline Woodward during an initial court appearance on Aug. 27 that his client acted in self-defense and argued there was no probable cause for the second-degree murder charge, according to WPLG.
“At best, it’s manslaughter,” he argued.
Woodward denied Prieto’s request to release Clenney on bail and ordered that she remain in custody pending her next hearing.
She is next scheduled to appear in court in November, WSVN reported.
The newly-released bodycam showed an incident that occurred on April 1, just two days before Clenney stabbed her estranged boyfriend.
Officers were called to the lobby of the couple’s apartment building after a security guard saw Obumseli chase Clenney across the lobby and lunge at her, WSVN reported.
In the video, Clenney was crying as she talked to officers in the lobby of the Miami condo building.
“We get down here to the lobby area, and her boyfriend comes charging towards her,” a security guard told officers in the video.
Witnesses told police that Obumseli tried to force his way into the elevator with the woman he’d just attacked, WSVN reported.
“[Clenney told her boyfriend], ‘No, I don’t want you to come in here,’” Sabrina Puglisi, Clenney’s attorney, told reporters at a press conference to release the bodycam video that they said supported their client’s claim of self-defense.
Her attorneys said the bodycam video supported Clenney’s claims that she had been a victim of domestic violence who killed Obumseli in self-defense, WSVN reported.
“Mr. Obumseli was the abuser,” Prieto insisted.
He said the bodycam video proved it, WSVN reported.
“[He was], you know, stalking me. I want a restraining order against Christian Obumseli,” Clenney told officers in the bodycam video on April 1.
Her legal team has said that Clenney was ultimately forced into killing her boyfriend in self-defense because authorities wouldn’t help her, WSVN reported.
Clenney is charged with second-degree murder and is facing up to a maximum sentence of life in prison if she is convicted.
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said during a press conference when she announced the charges again her in August that Clenney and Obumseli had a “tempestuous” two-year relationship that frequently devolved into violence, KDFW reported.
Their neighbors had complained about the loud arguments coming from their luxury Miami apartment, and the complex was working through the process of evicting them, according to police.
Two months before allegedly killing her boyfriend, a security camera inside the elevator of the couple’s apartment complex captured Clenney beating Obumseli as he tried to push her away.
Clenney was also arrested on a domestic battery charge in January of 2021 after she allegedly hurled a glass at Obumseli’s head while they were in Las Vegas, the New York Post reported.
“Evidence gathered during the investigation of Christian’s death shows that since November 2020, he and the defendant have been in an extremely combative relationship,” Rundle noted.
According to investigators, Clenney claimed Obumseli slammed her against a wall by her neck on April 3, and that she threw a knife at him in self-defense, KDFW reported.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content and Obscene Language: