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Reuben Foster's Ex-Girlfriend's Lawyer Says Her Client Lied To Police About Domestic Violence

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A new statement released Wednesday by the lawyer of the former girlfriend of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster claims that Foster’s ex-girlfriend has admitted to lying to police about injuries that she previously said were caused by Foster. Foster was arrested in February and charged with felony domestic violence and misdemeanor possession of a large capacity weapon magazine.

This is how the Santa Clara DA’s office described the incident between Foster and Elissa Ennis that led to Foster’s arrest:

On February 11, the victim flagged down a stranger’s car driving on Shannon Road to call 911. She called police. The victim told responding sheriff’s deputies and Los Gatos police that Foster dragged her by her hair, physically threw her out of the house, and punched her in the head 8 to 10 times.


However, the statement from Ennis’s lawyer, Stephanie Rickard, says that Ennis “claims her injuries were not caused by Foster, and she can prove it.” The statement, which oddly switches between direct quotes attributed to Rickard, and other sentences that are presumably also her words, says that Ennis’s injuries came from a fight with an unnamed woman, and that video of the fight “has been made available” (it’s not specified to whom). From the statement (sic):

“(Foster) did not strike her, injure her or threaten her,” Rickard says. Ennis’ injuries were the result of a physical fight with another woman, and that Foster tried to end his relationship with Ennis after he learned of the fight. A video of that fight with another woman has been made available.

“She was extremely upset and told him if he broke up with her she would ‘trash his career,’ ” Rickard says. After she realized what she had done, she went back to the District Attorney’s Office and tried to recant what she had told the deputies, but the D.A. decided to file the charges anyway.

Rickard’s statement then invokes #MeToo, and “recent scandals about domestic violence involving NFL players,” but says that “this case isn’t one of those.” It ends with an apology from Ennis “to everyone that may have been harmed in this case, especially Mr. Foster.”

At Foster’s arraignment, the Santa Clara DA said that it would still prosecute Foster even if his accuser didn’t cooperate. Foster is scheduled to appear in court again on Monday morning.

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