Video shows social media model striking boyfriend repeatedly a month before his murder

A South Florida social media model has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of her boyfriend.

MIAMI – A South Florida social media model has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of her boyfriend.

Courtney Clenney, 26, was arrested Wednesday in Hawaii and is expected to be extradited to South Florida soon.

She’s charged in the death of 27-year-old Christian Obumseli.

He was killed on April 3 in the couple’s Miami apartment, and since then Clenney has claimed she acted in self-defense.

A press conference scheduled for Thursday afternoon by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office revealed more details about what led up to Clenney’s arrest.

This photo provided by the Hawaii Police Department shows Courtney Clenney. Law enforcement in Hawaii on Wednesday. Aug. 10, 2022 arrested social media model Courtney Clenney on a charge of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon. Hawaii County police said in a statement they assisted the U.S. Marshals Service as they arrested the 26-year-old on the Big Island. (Hawaii Police Department via AP)

Ahead of the press conference, Local 10 News learned exclusively from a law enforcement source about a key piece of evidence in the case.

There is video evidence that was taken from a private elevator a month prior to the April 3 homicide.

In the footage, Clenney is seen repeatedly hitting Obumseli. Some of the punches are to Obumseli’s head. He tried to push back and push her away, but Local 10 News has been told the video clearly shows Clenney as the aggressor.

The video is about one minute in length and was shown at Thursday’s press conference.

Attorneys believe the video helps show a pattern of abuse that ultimately led to Obumseli’s murder.

Clenney goes by the name Courtney Taylor on social media. She is an OnlyFans model with millions of followers.

Her arrest warrant spells out a tumultuous relationship with domestic violence on both sides. Staff and security at their apartment building documented several incidents of arguments, and management was moving to evict them.

In late March the couple broke up when prosecutors say Clenney kicked Obumseli out of the apartment. They rekindled the relationship in early April.

On the day of Obumseli’s death, prosecutors said Clenney called her mother, who was on the phone at the time of the incident.

In the call to 911, Obumseli can be heard saying that he’s dying, and Clenney is heard saying, ‘I’m so sorry baby.’

Hours after Clenney’s arrest on Wednesday, her attorney provided Local 10 News a statement that read, in part:

“Obumseli attacked her and choked her that evening; Courtney had no choice but to meet force with force. Further, we are disappointed that the State Attorney sought an arrest warrant in this matter.”

A stream of the full press conference can be seen below:

About the Author:

Reporter Rosh Lowe has been covering news for nearly two decades in South Florida. He joined Local 10 in 2021.