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Courtney Clenney’s attorney says miami instagram model is ‘filled with utter grief and despair’ after April 3 stab death of her boyfriend, Christian Tobechukwu Obumseli.
Obumseli, 27, suffered “an apparent knife wound” in a domestic violence incident between him and Clenney earlier this month. First responders rushed him to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Miami police said in a statement at the time.
No charges have been filed in the case. Clenney’s attorney, Frank Preito, said she was defending herself.
“Since the events of that tragic night, Courtney has been filled with absolute grief and despair,” Preito said. “Courtney mourns the loss of Mr. Obumseli, privately, out of respect for his family. There is nothing we can say to ease the pain his family is going through; however, their calls for justice and an arrest in this matter are misplaced.”
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He added that “justice in this case does not call for arrest or indictment”.
“It is absolutely irresponsible for the family’s attorney … to allege that the events of that evening were unprovoked or to insinuate that she is receiving special treatment. There is competent and substantial evidence that Courtney is a victim of domestic violence and possibly human trafficking,” Preito said. “There’s no doubt that they both had a rocky relationship. Additionally, there is evidence that Courtney suffered physical, emotional, and mental abuse from Obumseli. That night was no different and Courtney had every right to defend herself out of fear for her life.”
Preito’s statement comes after Obumseli’s brother released a statement about the 27-year-old’s death on social media. A GoFundMe for Obumseli’s funeral, which has received nearly $80,000 in donations so far, says he “was murdered in Florida a week before his 28th birthday” in a “selfish act.”
In a Tuesday instagram post, Jeffrey Obumseli said Clenney “still hasn’t explained exactly what happened before Toby was murdered.”
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“We have every reason to believe that his death was the result of unjustified and unprovoked violence. We want justice to be served,” he said.
Clenney, who uses the name Courtney Tailor on Instagram and OnlyFans, was caught on video covered in blood on her luxury balcony after the incident, but has not been charged. TMZ obtained and released the images earlier this month.
“The result is inextricably clear: Courtney is being treated differently because of her privilege as a wealthy white woman,” Jeffrey Obumseli wrote on Instagram. “Within 24 hours of Toby’s death, the detective handling the case prematurely concluded that it was not a violent crime.”
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He went on to allege Clenney suffered no injuries to back up her claim of self-defense and slammed her for a pair of videos that emerged after the incident, one showing her covered in blood and another showing her leaving. the lobby of a Miami hotel when facing the camera.
Based in Miami WPLG-10 reported earlier this month that friends of the couple described “a very rocky relationship” – although sources gave conflicting stories about who the attacker may have been. The couple reportedly broke up in March, according to the Miami Heraldand Obumseli reportedly started sleeping in the common areas of the building.
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Then, on April 1, Miami police were dispatched to their apartment for a separate household call, the newspaper reported, citing local law enforcement sources. Officers found bruises on Clenney’s arms and legs, but no one was arrested.
Miami police have so far provided few details about the case.
Clenney apparently “cooperated with investigators and his actions were clearly in self-defense,” his attorney said.