An attorney for the OnlyFans model who stabbed her ex-boyfriend to death in Miami is denying that she’s been ‘afforded special treatment’ but admits that the pair had a ‘tumultuous relationship.’
Courtney Clenney, 25, called 911 after stabbing Christian Obumseli in the shoulder at the One Paraiso Building – a luxury skyscraper in Edgewater, Miami – on April 3.
She told police she acted out of self defense and was not arrested. Her lawyer Frank Prieto says she’s been treated like any other civilian by the justice system.
‘Courtney is mourning the loss of Mr. Obumseli, in private, out of respect for his family.
‘Justice in this matter calls for no arrest or charges. It is absolutely irresponsible for the family’s attorney (who was not present and has not seen the evidence in this case) to allege that the events of that evening were “unprovoked” or to insinuate that she is being afforded special treatment,’ Prieto told The Sun.
He also says she was the victim ‘of domestic violence and possibly human trafficking.’
Obumseli, 27, was reportedly seen sleeping in common areas of the building after he and Clenney broke up last month.
Meanwhile, a friend of the couple said she only ever saw ‘her hit him’ – not the other way around, as Obumseli’s family demand that Clenney be charged with his murder.
Courtney Clenney’s lawyer says there’s ‘substantial evidence’ that proves she was a victim of domestic abuse and human trafficking before she stabbed her boyfriend to death
Clenney, 25, called 911 after stabbing Christian Obumseli, 27, in the shoulder at the One Paraiso Building – a luxury skyscraper in Edgewater, Miami – on April 3. She was taken in for mental health reasons but released after claiming self defense
Courtney is shown on April 3rd, after stabbing Obumseli on the balcony of their home. The pair had reportedly broken up last month, with Obumseli sleeping in common areas of the building
The couple had recently moved from Austin to Miami.
Clenney’s lawyer says there’s enough proof that she acted in self defense, as a victim of ‘domestic violence and trafficking,’ when she fatally stabbed Obumseli earlier this month.
‘Since the events of that tragic night, Courtney has been filled with absolute grief and despair,’ Prieto said in a statement to The Sun.
‘Courtney is mourning the loss of Mr. Obumseli, in private, out of respect for his family.
‘There is nothing we can say to alleviate the pain his family is going through; however, their calls for justice and an arrest in this matter are misplaced.
‘Justice in this matter calls for no arrest or charges. It is absolutely irresponsible for the family’s attorney (who was not present and has not seen the evidence in this case) to allege that the events of that evening were “unprovoked” or to insinuate that she is being afforded special treatment.
He conceded that their relationship was troublesome, but suggested there is ‘competent and substantial evidence’ that clears her of any criminal wrongdoing.
The couple’s friends have given conflicting reports on who was abusive. Some said that they never saw Obumseli becoming violent with Courtney, but that they had seen her ‘hit’ him before
‘There is no doubt the two of them had a tumultuous relationship; moreover, there is evidence that Courtney was a victim of physical, emotional, and mental abuse at the hands of Obumseli.’
His family say they don’t believe her claim that she was acting in self-defense when she stabbed him in the shoulder and are demanding that she be charged with his murder.
Clenney, who also goes by Courtney Tailor, told police she was acting in self-defense and that she though Obumseli was going to hurt her.
She was taken into custody under Florida’s Baker Act, which protects people at risk of suicide or mental health crisis, but is now free again and over the weekend, she was seen attempting to have a drink in a bar with her father before being confronted by a stranger.
Clenney and Obumseli broke up last month and Obumseli had been sleeping in common areas of their apartment complex, according to the Miami Herald.
A neighbor claiming to have a direct view of the couple’s apartment said he witnessed Obumseli strike Clenney about a week before the fatal stabbing.
‘I could not tell if it was open-handed or closed-handed, but he was swinging at her,’ the unnamed resident told WPLG.
However, a trio who identified themselves as close friends of the couple alleged the social media influencer was the violent one in the ‘rocky relationship’.
‘We’ve seen her hit him. I’ve never seen him hit her,’ Ashley Vaughn said. ‘From what we’ve personally experienced between the both of them, we believe that Christian wouldn’t put her in a position where she would need to stab him to protect herself.’
On April 1, Miami police were dispatched to Clenney’s apartment for a domestic call, the publication learned from local law enforcement. No one was arrested, although officers noted bruises on Clenney’s arms and legs.
An investigation is ongoing, and authorities said they interviewed another woman who was involved in a ‘physical altercation’ with Obumseli.
Obumseli’s family from Austin, Texas, is demanding answers. They do not believe she was acting in self-defense, and are at a loss over why she has not been arrested.
At a press conference over the weekend, Obumseli’s cousin Karen Egbuna said the family are not buying Clenney’s story. ‘We have no cause to believe that this was a case of self defense.’
OnlyFans star Courtney Clenney, who also goes by Courtney Tailor, has not been charged
At a press conference over the weekend, his cousin Karen Egbuna said the family are not buying Clenney’s story.
‘We have no cause to believe that this was a case of self defense.
‘He is one of the youngest in the family, he is loved, he is kind, he is caring, he is soft spoken… the idea that this was somehow warranted, is unthinkable,’ she said.
We have no cause to believe that this was a case of self defense. He is one of the youngest in the family, he is loved, he is kind, he is caring, he is soft spoken… the idea that this was somehow warranted, is unthinkable
Karen Egbuna, Obumseli’s cousin
She added that he comes from a ‘good, strong’ family and has never been prone to violence.
The Miami Police Department is refusing to comment on why Clenney has not been charged.
A spokesman on Monday would only say that the investigation is ongoing.
Obumseli’s family is also raising money for him via GoFundMe, which has raised nearly $80,000 as of Friday morning.
On their page, they say he was the victim of a ‘heinous act of violence.’
‘Christian Toby Obumseli was murdered in Florida a week before his 28th birthday. It is unconscionable to make sense of our new reality.
‘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.
On Friday, Clenney was spotted at a Miami hotel bar trying to have a drink with her father. She has not been charged
Clenney and her father were chased out of the bar by the woman who said she had ‘just killed her boyfriend’. Her attorney says they were trying to pick up a drink and go to the beach
The young couple had recently moved together from Austin, where they met, to Miami
‘His murder leaves many unanswered questions and creates a void that can never be fixed or filled. Not even with time.
‘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,’ it reads.
The family is asking for donations to help them pay for transporting his body back to Texas and for funeral arrangements.
Clenney was spotted at the lobby bar of the Grand Beach Hotel on Friday, trying to have a drink with her father.
An unidentified woman recognized her and chased her out, filming their altercation on her phone.
Her attorney, Frank Preito, has insisted that she was the victim of domestic abuse and that she might have been trafficked.
Obumseli’s family has raised nearly $80,000 on a GoFundMe page to help pay for his funeral and to bring his body home to Texas
He has not clarified if he meant she was trafficked by Obumseli, or someone else.
He defended her outing with her father, telling FOX: ‘Courtney was seated at a table in the hotel lobby area where there is also a bar. Courtney’s father was standing there trying to order a drink to take outside so they could be in private on the beach.’
‘Courtney is a victim of physical, emotional and mental abuse at the hands of Mr. Obumseli,’ and said that the firm is ‘also investigating whether Courtney was the victim of human trafficking.’
‘Mr. Obumseli was in the act of committing a forcible felony that tragic evening last Sunday. He had previously gained access to Courtney’s apartment without permission on several occasions in the days leading up to that night,’ he said.
‘Courtney acted in self-defense; the investigation by both the City of Miami Police Department and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office will conclude such.’
The couple’s friends have given conflicting reports on who was abusive.
Some said that they never saw Obumseli becoming violent with Courtney, but that they had seen her ‘hit’ him before.
After his death, fresh, X-rated content appeared on her OnlyFans page.
It’s unclear if she had pre-planned it to go live before stabbing him.