Instagram model charged with killing boyfriend after video shows her beating him

Courtney Clenney
Courtney Clenney Photo credit Hawai‘i Police Department

Instagram model and OnlyFans star Courtney Clenney was arrested and charged on Wednesday with second-degree murder with a deadly weapon, months after the murder of her boyfriend Christian Obumseli.

The 26-year-old, who goes by Courtney Tailor on social media, was arrested in Laupahoehoe, Hawaii on Wednesday and is awaiting extradition to Florida, after an arrest warrant was issued by prosecutors from Miami-Dade County, Florida in the April 3 stabbing of her 27-year-old boyfriend, according to the Hawai'i Police Department.

Clenney, an Austin, Texas resident, was involved in a "violent and toxic 2-year relationship," Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said at a press conference on Thursday.

“The violent and toxic 2-year relationship of these individuals did not have to end in tragedy with Christian’s murder as a victim of domestic violence," Rundle said. "No personal relationship should ever involve domestic violence. Make no mistake about it, domestic violence is a crime, and no one should tolerate it."

Rundle noted that the Miami-Dade County's chief medical examiner determined that the cause of death was a stab to chest with a knife, puncturing his subclavian artery.

"The stab wound was the result of a forceful downward thrust, just over 3 inches into the artery, Rundle said," according to ABC News.

Video from the scene was obtained by TMZ, and shows Clenney sitting on the floor covered in blood and surrounded by police. TMZ also obtained footage of Clenney and Obumseli getting into a physical altercation in an elevator months before the stabbing.

Clenney, who has 2 million followers on Instagram, and Obumseli allegedly had caused "many incidents of loud arguments" at their Miami apartment building that they moved into in January.

"It was learned that the security and building staff at the Miami apartment documented many incidents of loud arguments between the couple after they moved into the building in January 2022. Tenants as far as an apartment two floors above were making complaints to security and building management about the noises and the ruckus," Rundle said.

Clenney’s defense attorney, Frank Prieto, told NewsNation in April that Clenney was acting in self-defense.

"She was in fear for her life, and Mr. Obumseli was in the act of committing a forcible felony, to wit: a burglary with a battery," Prieto said in the statement.

Rundle said that Clenney told police after the incident that Obumseli shoved her against a wall and claimed he threw her to the ground, but allowed her to get up. Clenney then moved to the kitchen, grabbed a knife, and as her boyfriend approached, she allegedly threw the knife at him about 10 feet.

The Hawai'i Police Department said that Clenney was being held at the Hawai’i Police Department‘s East Hawai’i Detention Center pending her initial court appearance in Hilo District Court, that was scheduled for Thursday.

According to The New York Post, Clenney appeared in court Thursday and agreed to be sent back to Florida to face the charges.