OnlyFans Model Courtney Clenney Abused Late Boyfriend, Friends Say

There’s just one one that is aware of precisely what occurred shortly earlier than 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, to go away Christian “Toby” Obumseli useless from a stab wound — and in line with her lawyer, that individual is again house in Texas along with her mother and father, grieving the lack of her boyfriend, and recovering from the ordeal.

In the weeks since then, sure particulars, a minimum of, have grow to be clear: After 26-year-old OnlyFans mannequin Courtney Clenney stabbed Obumseli, 27, one time in his higher chest inside residence 2201 at Miami’s luxurious waterfront highrise One Paraiso, she known as 911. The Miami Police got here, and restrained Clenney’s palms behind her again, in line with a shaky video shot by a neighbor with a view by means of her residence’s floor-to-ceiling home windows. In the aftermath, Clenney sat on the ground, her light-colored sweatpants lined in a darkish stain, whereas certainly one of her canines licked her face. According to Clenney’s lawyer, Frank Prieto, she had grow to be soaked in Obumseli’s blood whereas making an attempt to revive him. “She tried to administer first aid as best she could; she called 911,” Prieto tells Rolling Stone. “She got covered in his blood trying to save his life.” 

Prieto says he joined Clenney on the police station that evening, including that she gave officers a press release voluntarily, in the course of the course of which she mentioned one thing that led them to consider she would possibly hurt herself. “I thought it was best to make sure she was OK, and [the police] spoke to me about ‘Baker-Acting’ somebody, which is an involuntary commitment to the hospital,” Prieto says. Clenney was admitted, then discharged lower than 48 hours later. She quickly returned house to Texas.

In a public assertion launched 4 days after Obumseli’s loss of life, police known as it a “domestic violence incident,” and mentioned the couple had been concerned in a “physical altercation.” The Miami-Dade County health worker confirmed to Rolling Stone that they’d dominated the loss of life a murder. No arrests have been made, and the police will say solely that an investigation is ongoing. In the meantime, two narratives have emerged.

The first is from Clenney’s camp: According to Prieto, Clenney admits to killing Obumseli, and claims that she is a survivor of ongoing home violence who acted in self-defense. He says he is aware of of a witness chatting with the police who noticed Obumseli hit Clenney, and he factors to a TV information section the place an nameless neighbor of the couple mentioned he noticed Obumseli “swinging at” Clenney of their residence the week earlier than Obumseli was killed. Prieto says Obumseli had tried to choke Clenney, and that’s why she stabbed him. “Christian was committing a crime, and she had every right to defend herself,” Prieto tells Rolling Stone. “This is not a whodunit. It’s unfortunately a case of self-defense. And she feels horrible.”

Obumseli’s household has argued that the assault by Clenney was unprovoked, that Obsumeli was by no means abusive towards his girlfriend, and that Clenney is receiving preferential remedy from regulation enforcement as a result of she is a white lady. They additionally declare detectives have handled the household of Obumseli, a Black man, dismissively. “They indicated they’d closed their investigation less than 24 hours after [Obumseli’s death],” says Larry Handfield, a lawyer for Obumseli’s household. He says that after he arrange a gathering with the State’s Attorney, the police agreed to research additional. (Miami police haven’t responded to a request for remark.) 

“This is not a whodunit. It’s unfortunately a case of self-defense. And she feels horrible.”

Now, pals and others who knew the couple have come ahead to Rolling Stone, saying they really feel compelled to problem Clenney’s story. Together, they paint an image of the connection by which Clenney was bodily abusive, and Obumseli sought to appease her and calm her down. “The reality is we did see a lot of domestic violence, and it was on her end,” says one pal who knew the couple after they lived in Austin

Reporting additionally suggests Clenney abused substances and had allegedly been violent towards a minimum of two different males earlier than Obumseli. Prieto acknowledges the alleged violence in Clenney and Obumseli’s relationship may have gone “both ways,” however he says that doesn’t change her declare of self-defense in his stabbing.

Clenney additionally seems to have a behavior of joking about being “the toxic girlfriend.” In March 2022, she appeared on the comedy podcast We In Miami the place she talked about how she solely dates “Black guys,” then clarified that she meant to say she solely dates “rich Black guys.” At one level, the host mentioned “Raise your hand if you think you’re toxic,” and Clenney’s hand shot up. “She knows,” joked the host. 

On Instagram, Clenney posts as Courtney Tailor, with bleach blonde extensions and a girl-next-door smile. She shares bikini images from Tulum holidays and boudoir photoshoots in barely-there lingerie along with her 2 million followers. On OnlyFans, the place her wall posts get a whole bunch of likes every and one fellow influencer says Clenney made sufficient cash to hire an residence for $10,000 a month, her bio reads “Full-time fitness model and foodie living with my 2 dogs, Jesse and Ranger. I just moved to Miami so I need your positive vibes!” Her social media has been dormant for the reason that day of the stabbing, and her lawyer declined to make her obtainable for an interview saying she’s not in an excellent place proper now.

However, Clenney’s lawyer says her braggadocio is in step with her OnlyFans persona and doesn’t characterize the true Courtney. “Courtney is a different person than Courtney Tailor,” Pietro says. “That’s her persona, making comments like that. It’s the theater of it, the show of it. It’s not her true self.”

The pal from Austin, who requested to stay nameless
to keep away from on-line backlash, says she believes the couple began “talking” in the course of the second half of 2020, after they had been residing within the metropolis. The pal had met Obumseli earlier that summer season, by means of a mutual pal, and remembers he slot in immediately along with her social circle. “We all hit it off with him,” she says. “He had been like a best friend ever since.” She describes him as somebody who was at all times cracking jokes, at all times the lifetime of the social gathering, with a “bright personality.” She additionally says he had a powerful spiritual religion and so they’d shared deep conversations. 

She turned pals with Clenney shortly after assembly Obumseli, she says, though she knew of her earlier than then from the nightlife scene in Austin, the place Clenney was identified for her success on OnlyFans. The pal felt some trepidation seeing Obumseli getting severe rapidly with Clenney. Clenney was additionally identified for partying, she says, and had two DWI arrests within the state, the second of which occurred that September and the case for which continues to be pending. (In 2015, when she was simply 18, she had her first, and was sentenced to a few days in jail.) The arrest warrant from the 2020 incident exhibits she crashed a white Mercedes Benz into one other automotive just a few miles from the riverfront residence complicated the place she lived on the time. Cops discovered {a partially} empty 750 ml bottle of Espolon tequila within the entrance seat. On a roadside breath check, she registered a blood alcohol content material of .300, greater than 3 times the authorized restrict. Prieto declined to touch upon the DWI arrests, “not because I’m trying to hide anything — I don’t know,” he says. “I have not talked to her about those matters and it’s not really relevant. But are there signs of substance abuse? Yeah. I mean, I would have to agree with that.”

“The reality is we did see a lot of domestic violence, and it was on her end”

Beyond indicators of substance use points, the pal claims Clenney tried to stab an ex-boyfriend who’s one other shut pal of hers, though she refuses to establish him. (Clenney’s exes that Rolling Stone was in a position to independently establish didn’t reply to requests for remark. ) However, Handfield, the legal professional working with Obumseli’s household, says he related with an ex-boyfriend who alleges Clenney tried to stab him “on two occasions.” Handfield says the ex has spoken to an investigator at Handfield’s agency, and that he’s handed this info on to prosecutors in Miami, the place he hopes Clenney will quickly be arrested. Prieto says he believes the allegation that she tried to stab an ex is “absolutely false.”

One of the stranger tales circulating about Clenney’s alleged historical past of violence is that Clenney could have damaged the jaw {of professional} bodybuilder Shawn Rhoden. On April 12, bodybuilder Nick Trigili posted a video on his YouTube channel, Bodybuilding and BS, which has 45,000 subscribers, the place he claimed Clenney and Rhoden had been romantically concerned whereas Clenney was coaching at Gold’s Gym in Venice, California. Trigili additional claimed that in 2017, when Clenney realized Rhoden was married on the time, she hit him with an “uppercut” that “shattered” his jaw. Trigili added, “This is all allegedly, right, hearsay, but I have a lot of people confirming this.” (Rhoden died from a reported coronary heart assault final November.)

Trigili advised Rolling Stone by e-mail that he’d heard this declare immediately from Rhoden himself, whom he thought-about a detailed pal, in addition to from two of Rhoden’s ex-wives. While Trigili initially agreed to an interview, he subsequently stopped responding to communications. Aspects of this declare are nonetheless verifiable, nonetheless. In the autumn of 2017, Clenney posted footage of herself competing in health competitions. “My first NPC bikini competition,” mentioned a caption from October of 2017. “Who thinks I should compete at nationals next year?” There’s additionally video of her coaching at Gold’s Gym Venice in the summertime of 2017, with public information indicating she lived in close by Marina del Rey in 2016 and 2017. In January 2017, Clenney posted an image of herself at Gold’s the place she credited Rhoden because the photographer. The two had been additionally photographed collectively along with her holding a trophy at a bikini bodybuilding contest. 

Then there’s Rhoden’s jaw. Several years after the actual fact, Rhoden gave interviews by which he described coaching for the 2017 Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competitors with a damaged jaw, though he didn’t say how the damage occurred. “There was no off-season,” Rhoden advised Muscular Development journal in a 2020 video interview. “It was like, jaw was broken in February, wired shut in March, April, May, and I was just kinda like you know what, I’m not gonna say a word to anyone. I’m just gonna train.” Even again then, folks speculated as to the trigger. A 12 months in the past, one individual commented on the video: “Did he ever told you the story why he broke the jaw maybe of[f] camera?…I [heard] the story…and it’s quite hilarious if true.” On one other clip from the identical Muscular Development interview, one consumer commented a 12 months in the past, “How did his jaw break? Heard it had to do something with some woman.” Prieto says he’s by no means heard this allegation earlier than and can attempt to discover out about it. (If he shares additional perception into this declare, Rolling Stone will replace this text accordingly.)

As Clenney and Obumseli’s relationship developed in late 2020 and into 2021, the Austin pal says she noticed Clenney, on a number of events, pull Obumseli away from the group to argue whereas they had been out in Austin in addition to on group journeys out of city. “She would disappear while we’re all at dinner or out, and she would text Christian to go meet her,” the pal says. “And we’d go looking for them, and we’d see them arguing, and she’d be sitting there screaming at the top of her lungs. She was always pulling him away to fight about something.” 

“Are there signs of substance abuse? Yeah. I mean, I would have to agree with that.”

A fellow influencer who went on group journeys with the couple and requested to not be recognized due to her work within the public eye, says she noticed Clenney “push” Obumseli on a number of events. On a visit to Palm Springs, California, final August, the influencer says she was making ready for a photograph shoot and witnessed them having an altercation. “I could see them arguing out of the corner of my eye,” she says. “She was kind of pushing him out of the room.” She says that greater than as soon as, she noticed an altercation begin after Clenney accused Obumseli of eyeing different girls. “She would be like, ‘Hey, you just looked at her,’” the influencer says. “And then she would start pushing him around.”

The Austin pal additionally says she noticed Clenney hitting Obumseli on a number of events after they had been out in a gaggle downtown. “They would leave and we’d go looking for them — we were always kind of worried [about] what was happening or if it was escalating,” she says. “There was one time I pulled up and they were in an alley and she was hitting him as I walked up.” On one other event, the pal claims, Clenney pushed Obumseli down some stairs at an residence social gathering. “They were leaving, and she pushed him down the stairs because she got mad at him,” the pal says. Asked whether or not she noticed it occur, the pal provides, “I heard it, and I went out there, and he was at the bottom of the steps.” 

Prieto doesn’t deny the allegations of bodily violence by Clenney in opposition to Obumseli, however maintains that “independent witnesses” say Obumseli was abusive in non-public. “They had a tumultuous relationship. It went both ways, unfortunately,” he says, referring to the alleged abuse. “It appears Christian was very good at it being somewhat of a chameleon. In public, he maintained a certain facade. In private, he was a gaslighter and both mentally and physically abusive with her.” (Handfield calls this assertion “not credible and disingenuous,” pointing to the a number of occasions cops had been known as to the couple’s residence. “If there was any evidence to support that he was abusive towards her, he would have been hauled off to jail so fast it’ll make your head spin,” he says.)


The Friday earlier than the stabbing, police had been known as to the residence constructing due to an incident involving Clenney and Obumseli. According to reporting by the Miami Herald, officers noticed bruises on her legs and arms then, suggesting she’d been abused. However, a supply accustomed to the scenario tells Rolling Stone that police had been known as that day as a result of Clenney had been “shoving” Obumseli in widespread areas. This identical supply says there have been 13 calls made to the police since Clenny and Obumseli moved in in January, every prompted by her behaving aggressively in direction of him. (Police declined to remark; Prieto says he’s “not a bruise expert” however noticed bruises on Clenneys legs and arms on Sunday evening, following the stabbing. “And I believe there was some discoloration on her neck area,” he says.)

The Austin pal doesn’t consider that Obumseli harmed Clenney in non-public. After seeing Clenney and Obumseli battle in public, she flat-out requested Clenney if she was being abused. “I was like, Hey, look, is he hurting you? Is he hitting you, beating you? Like, what’s happening?,” she says. “She’s never said that he’s hit her, cause that’s something I would have absolutely not been OK with. I would have said something. I would have made a big deal out of that.”

The factor she says Clenney did complain to her about when it got here to Obumseli was cash. “It was always the thing of, ‘I don’t want to share my money with him,’” she says. “They were constantly fighting about money.” The Austin pal, the influencer, and Clenney’s lawyer all mentioned Obumseli and Clenney had organized for him to get a share of her OnlyFans revenue. It is unclear whether or not Obumseli was being paid what they’d agreed upon; the pal and the influencer say he was not, and that he managed her schedule and helped out at picture shoots, doing the work of an assistant. Prieto says Obumseli was being paid a share by Clenney’s administration firm at her behest, and describes Obumseli as “manipulative” in making an attempt to take a few of Clenney’s modeling revenue. He has urged to Rolling Stone and different shops that he’s constructing a sex-trafficking case in opposition to the late Obumseli, although he’s declined to supply particulars. Handfield says he believes Prieto invented the trafficking allegations to assist defend Clenney in opposition to potential homicide prices. “I think it’s just something he’s made up,” he says. “It’s self-serving.” 

During their relationship, Clenney would purchase Obumseli costly presents, and the Austin pal says Clenney used cash to make up for occasions that she allegedly mistreated him. She says in a single occasion, Clenney tossed Obumseli’s suitcases off the balcony of their Austin residence constructing. “She was like, ‘Ha ha, toxic girlfriend,’ but [then] she was like, ‘It’s okay, I bought him all new Louis Vuitton luggage,’” she says. “It was this thing where she would do something to him, and then her way of apologizing would be to buy him something designer or make up for it with a trip.” Prieto says he doesn’t suppose Clenney gave Obumseli presents to make up after arguments.

“They would leave and we’d go looking for them — we were always kind of worried [about] what was happening”

The pal and the influencer say Obumseli’s common method was to attempt to “de-escalate” conditions with Courtney. “I can summarize it as her always having these manic episodes, dragging him into it, and him trying to be like, ‘calm down, calm down,’” says the Austin pal. The influencer shares this view. “His role in their relationship was basically to take it from her and to calm her down,” she says.

One place the place sources differ is on whether or not Obumseli defended himself in opposition to Clenney’s alleged assaults. The influencer says she by no means noticed him do something to cease her throughout their altercations. “He would kind of just stand there, like a stick figure,” she says. “He would just stand there and take it. If she put her hands on him, he would never put his hands back on her. I don’t even think he would try to stop her from hitting him.” The supply accustomed to the police visits to the residence constructing describes comparable behaviors within the widespread areas. Courtney would “get physical” with him throughout arguments, the supply claims, and he would “stand there and take it.” 

In a barely totally different model of occasions, the Austin pal says she has seen Obumseli attempt to defend himself. “He wasn’t just sitting there taking it,” she says, describing the time she says she noticed Clenney hitting Obumseli in an Austin alleyway. “I’ve never seen him hit her. He has grabbed her, not in an aggressive way, but, you know, when someone’s hitting you, you like, grab their arms. I’ve seen that, but it’s never been a thing where he was hitting her.”

Through all of it, pals say, Obumseli stood by her and even made excuses for her alleged conduct. According to the Austin pal, Obumseli would blame it on her alcohol consumption. “He was always trying to be patient and [he] was like, ‘She’s only like that when she’s drinking,’ always making an excuse, and we would be like, it’s not cool. You can’t just be getting the crap beat out of you.” The influencer additionally believes substance use performed a job. She mentioned on a number of journeys she went on, Clenney was drunk more often than not. “You just couldn’t hold a conversation with her because she was slurring her words,” she says. “I do want to say I have never seen her [act] aggressive sober.” Handfield tells RS he has spoken with witnesses who, just like the sources RS interviewed, declare that “when she drinks, she becomes violent.” Prieto says he doesn’t consider alcohol makes Clenney violent.

Whatever truly occurred that evening within the residence between Clenney and Obumseli, their pals say Clenney’s observe report of alarming conduct gave them trigger to marvel. The pal from Austin claims she’s seen her use violent threats as a joke. One time, she says she brandished scissors at one other individual, joking that she was going to harm them. “She’s done that, trying to be funny, like, ‘Oh, I’m going to get you,’ or like, ‘Don’t talk to me that way,’” the pal says. “She’ll pull something out, thinking it’s funny, like, ‘Ha ha, I’m the toxic crazy girlfriend.’” 

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