An OnlyFans model accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend in their Miami apartment called him a racial slur during an intense argument before his death, cellphone recordings reveal.
Christian Obumseli made the recordings before he was killed April 3. His girlfriend, Courtney Clenney, was arrested in Hawaii in August while she was in rehabilitation for substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder. She was charged with second-degree murder with a deadly weapon.
NBC News obtained the recordings, which show very little video, through a records request with the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office. A spokesperson said the office does not know the exact dates the recordings were made.
In one of them, the couple appear to be arguing about Obumseli’s saying hello to a girl on a bike ride.
“What is going on?” Obumseli asks. “Are you gonna get this mad at me when I’m apologizing to you?”
“Drop your high pitch,” she screams.
He responds: “OK. I’m not doing it on purpose.”
Obumseli starts to apologize to Clenney, but she cuts him off. “Shut up and let me f---ing slap you,” she yells before she demands that Obumseli find her cellphone.
At one point, Clenney calls Obumseli, who was Black, the N-word. At other points, she cries hysterically.
In another recording, Clenney asks Obumseli whether he is done “gaslighting” her.
“Courtney, that’s a f---ing threat,” he responds. “I apologized, but you hit me.”
It is not clear what led up to the recordings.
Frank Prieto, an attorney for Clenney, said the recordings do not provide context, and he reiterated statements he made earlier that Clenney was defending herself the night Obumseli was killed.
“She’s not going to trial for her lifestyle, her previous arguments or recorded rants. She is going to trial for defending herself against a violent struggle with her ex-boyfriend for which she feared for her life. Courtney is a victim of domestic abuse,” he said.
Attorney Larry Handfield, who is representing Obumseli’s family, said the recordings "clearly undermine" Clenney's claims that the killing was self-defense.
They, instead, show someone who was "out of control" and "unhinged," he said Thursday.
"Her behavior is consistent with behavior that the public saw in reference to the incident in the elevator," he said, referring to a separate video that was released that showed Clenney appearing to initiate a physical assault on Obumseli.
The video was from February, about a month after they moved into their Miami apartment.
"She was very, very violent. The conduct referring to the N-word is offensive. I had to share all of this with the family, and they are devastated again," Handfield said.
The pair had been in a relationship since November 2020. Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has said it was an “extremely tempestuous and combative” relationship and has labeled Clenney as the aggressor.
Police had been called on the couple several times. In body camera video prosecutors released last month, Clenney asks an officer for a restraining order against Obumseli.
Handfield said Obumseli's family was unaware of what was going on. They are "traumatized" after they realized what he went through, Handfield said.
A 911 recording from the day Obumseli died was also released. In it, Clenney apologizes to Obumseli and tells the operator that her “boyfriend is dying of stab wound.” He is heard in the call repeatedly saying he cannot feel his arms.
He was pronounced dead at a hospital.