Clermont’s lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman said his client was truly distraught over her crime and was being abused daily through social media. He said the situation has left the Yeezy model “on the verge of suicide,” and feared she’d be attacked in prison because of her notoriety.
“This was an opportunistic crime,” Lichtman said. “If she thought that he was dead, he wouldn’t have been using his credit card.”
Lichtman said that Clermont was an easy target because she was the last person with her victim before he died of a drug overdose, and said that she had no idea that he was in any type of distress.
“She was not the one who bought him the drugs, she was not the one who made him take the drugs. She was not the one who contacted him,” Lichtman said.
But assistant U.S. Attorney Sagar Ravi said Clermont’s fraud and identity theft crimes were serious, and that a sentence of prison would be a deterrent to the public.
“The message needs to be sent to the defendant’s 1.2 million followers that this is serious conduct,” Ravi said. “This was not a one time mistake. This was calculated, deliberate conduct over a period of months…She did it out of greed to keep up on social media.”
Clermont, who declined to comment following the hearing, later had a meltdown outside the courtroom when a reporter pressed her for a quote.