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Published: Sun, May 20, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Reuben Foster's ex says she lied about abuse, wanted 'to end him'

Reuben Foster's ex says she lied about abuse, wanted 'to end him'

In the background is Foster's new teammate, Richard Sherman, one of two 49ers' teammates who attended the arraignment.

A large portion of the hearing has centered on Elissa Ennis, Foster's former girlfriend who originally accused him of domestic violence.

"I was lying about a lot of stuff", Ennis testified while fighting back tears, according to Inman.

During her testimony, Ennis recanted her initial allegations.

Ennis attributed Foster's decision to end the relationship to feeling "embarrassed" by her actions. He has plead not guilty to the felony domestic charges. He invoked his right to a speedy trial, so if Klippen clears the way, it would have to start no later than July 9.

Ennis explained her motives for going to police with an allegation of Foster's attack while testifying at a pretrial hearing in San Jose - saying she wanted to "f-k up his career" after he tried to break up with her, according to The Athletic.

On cross-examination from Foster's attorney, Ennis admitted to making false charges against another ex-boyfriend in 2011.

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster, right, leaves the Santa Clara County Superior Court, with his attorney Joshua Bentley after a preliminary hearing stemming from domestic violence accusations against Foster Thursday, May 17, 2018, in San Jose, Calif. And charges were filed despite Ennis recanting her claims to Wiens two days after the incident.

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Ennis suffered injuries during a fight with another woman, including a ruptured ear drum, of which there is video evidence.

But he said her injuries might not necessarily be consistent with an altercation with Foster when cross examined by Foster's attorney.

Ennis testified that Foster never struck her and she didn't believe the situation would escalate so far. Two police officers and a motorist who gave Ennis his phone to call 911 took the stand Thursday.

Ennis also testified that after Foster's arrest, she went home to Louisiana with Foster's jewelry and about $8,000 in cash.

In closing arguments, prosecutor Kevin Smith said Ennis' injuries weren't necessarily consistent with getting into a street fight with another woman. Then she said she planned to check herself into an unspecified clinic.

At left, Reuben Foster walks into court last month.

Of the purported lies against Foster, she said, "It was all a money scheme".

"I wanted to sue Reuben", Ennis said under oath. It was about money ... "I wanted to get him". Ennis said on the stand Thursday that she was coming from a hair appointment from the East Bay and didn't stop at a bar before getting cutting off another vehicle and getting into the altercation.

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