Elissa Ennis testified that she lied to police about being hit by 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster and that her domestic violence accusation, "was all a money scheme", according to Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group.
Prosecutors, however, believe Ennis initially was telling the truth when she said Foster dragged her by her hair down stairs and punched her as many as 10 times before throwing her out of the house. "I really am. I apologize to everybody".
"I was threatening Reuben that I was going to f-k up his career", Ennis said.
Ennis admitted that after making the accusations against Foster, she returned home to Louisiana with Foster's money and jewelry, according to Inman. "I told him I'm about to f- yo s- up, make sure you don't have a job tomorrow". Ennis admitted that in 2011 she went to jail for a false claim of domestic violence against an ex-boyfriend and also charged with two counts of aggravated assault in separate incidents.
After returning to the Los Gatos home she shared with Foster, Ennis said she attempted to tell Foster about the altercation but he didn't want to hear about it. "I wanted to get him", Ennis testified under oath, per David Lombardi of The Athletic. No charges have been filed related to the alleged abuse of the dog.
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The 49ers said they would release Foster if the allegations proved to be true.
A video of Ennis' fight with another woman was given to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office for review in late April, causing the district attorney to delay Foster's plea hearing until last week.
Ennis said she felt she needed to tell the truth because she "had to do the right thing" even if it meant admitting to previous lies to the police and to stealing money and two Rolex watches from Foster in the days after their breakup.
As of noon PT, the hearing was at a lunch break and scheduled to re-convene at 1:30.