According to several reports, Courtney Clenney can be heard apologizing to her boyfriend in a recently released 911 call on the afternoon in April when she fatally stabbed him in her Miami, Florida, high-rise.
The Miami Herald, NBC Miami, and Local 10 report that Clenney, 26, said “Baby, I’m so sorry” in a 911 call that was made on Wednesday and released by the Miami-Dade State’s Attorney Office.
Clenney is charged with fatally stabbing Christian Obumseli, her ex-boyfriend, in the torso on April 3, 2022, while they were having an argument, the Miami Herald reports.
Clenney, a former OnlyFans model with 2 million Instagram followers, is alleged to have stabbed Obumseli to death in self-defense, according to Clenney’s attorneys.
I’m unable to feel my arm. On the 911 call, Obumseli can be heard saying.
Clenney says he begged the 911 operator for assistance “A stab wound to my boyfriend is killing him. Please, oh please, God. Save my boyfriend by coming!”
According to a statement from the Miami Police Department, Obumseli later passed away.
According to a statement from the Hawaii Police Department, Clenney was detained in August by the U.S. Marshals Service at an undisclosed location in Laupahoehoe, Hawaii. According to KIRO 7, she has been charged with second-degree murder.
She is awaiting trial after entering a not-guilty plea.
According to the Herald and Court TV, earlier this week, prosecutors also released bodycam video showing Clenney requesting a restraining order from police after they responded to a call about a domestic disturbance in her building.
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According to NBC Miami, an emotional Clenney can be heard telling officers in the building’s lobby that she had broken up with Obumseli the week before and that he wouldn’t leave her alone in the video.
He was “stalking me,” she can be heard saying. “I want a restraining order against Christian Obumseli.”
“I’m scared of him right now,” she said, shaking.
According to the bodycam footage, one of the building’s security guards told the officers that he was present when Obumseli came “charging toward her.”
Clenney’s attorneys claim she acted in self-defense.
“The 911 call Courtney made to get help for Obumseli captures the chaos, confusion, and raw emotion Courtney felt after being forced to defend herself,” her lawyer Frank Prieto said in a statement to Fox News Digital.
“The audio of Courtney’s 911 call is clearly not an admission of guilt; it is a human and humane reaction to the traumatic events and actions she took that night to save her life,” he said.
“Courtney, like many other victims of domestic violence, let her abuser back into her apartment despite knowing their relationship was toxic; however, her actions that evening were taken in defense of her own life.”
According to the Miami Herald, attorney Larry Handfield, who is representing Obumseli’s family,
has stated otherwise. “It shows her mental state,” he told the Herald. “She’s apologizing because she realizes what she’s done. She doesn’t say, ‘I was defending myself.'”
Clenney was in Hawaii receiving treatment for substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to Prieto, when she was arrested.
“I’m completely shocked,” Prieto told the newspaper, “especially since we were cooperating with the investigation and offered to voluntarily surrender her if she was charged.” “We are excited to clear her name in court.” Obumseli’s family has insisted that he never hurt Clenney.
“We have no reason to believe that this was a case of self-defense,” Obumseli’s cousin Karen Egbuna said at a press conference, according to CBS Miami and NBC News.
“Toby was raised in a very strong family with strong morals and values; he is not from that.”
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The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and Clenney and Obumseli’s attorneys did not respond immediately to PEOPLE’s requests for comment.
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