Reuben Foster’s accuser testifies that he didn’t strike her

AP

Elissa Ennis, the ex-girlfriend of 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster, currently is testifying at Foster’s preliminary hearing on charges that, among other things, Foster struck her. Ennis has testified under oath that she lied to police when she said that Foster hit her.

Via Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News, Ennis gave “extensive testimony,” during which she said Foster never struck her once, but that she hit him with a hanger.

“I was threatening Reuben . . . that I was going to f–k up his career,” Ennis said.

She added that she called 911 three separate times in order to ensure that Foster would be in major trouble.

“I wanted to be extra,” Ennis said. “I wanted him to go down. I was pissed.”

Ennis said she was reacting to Foster’s effort to break up with her.

“I told him I’m going to f–k your shit up and make sure you don’t have a job tomorrow,” Ennis said.

But it was about more than revenge. Ennis testified that there was a financial angle to it.

“It was all a money scheme,” Ennis said. “I didn’t want to get this far in the news. It was about money.”

It was so much about money that, after Foster was arrested in February, Ennis said she returned to Louisiana with money and jewelry belonging to Foster.

These various admissions all came from Ennis while being questioned by the prosecution. When Foster’s lawyer questioned Ennis, the effort has consisted, so far, of an effort to summarize the main points.

The goal of Foster’s lawyer should be to underscore and highlight that lies were told to the police. The more that can be shown, the less likely the presiding judge will be to determine that probable cause exists to have a full-blown trial on the domestic violence charges. Even if there’s a trial, Thursday’s testimony from Ennis could be more than enough to create reasonable doubt, preventing Foster from ever being convicted.

From Foster’s perspective, however, the sooner he’s legally cleared, the sooner he can get back to work with the 49ers, who have placed him on leave while the legal process unfolds.

74 responses to “Reuben Foster’s accuser testifies that he didn’t strike her

  1. The same thing happened to Elliot, it was an extortion plot by a few women. There is a lot of money at stake and these young men need to be insulated from the bad people. I hope Foster can learn from this and work with Sherman to stay away from the wrong people. Should be better off here in the bay area, imo.

  2. “For $100 grand I’ll say you didn’t hit me. For $500 grand I’ll say I hit you and for $2M I’ll say I hit you, stole you stuff and tried to extort you.”

  3. Elissa Ennis just set back the real victims of domestic violence. I’m sure she had a very nice payday out of this, but not every abused victim can say the same.

  4. Does this lady have a lawyer? She might want to get one. She’s committed at least two potential crimes. The first is lying to the police. The second is extortion when she wanted money in exchange for what turned about to be a complete fabrication. If I were the police, I’d advise her that she can cop to this story now, but that she’ll be facing jail time for the commission of to those crimes.

  5. How many people will come back and apologize for the things they said about him? My guess is none. Remember that we are all innocent until proven guilty in this country.

  6. “I was threatening Reuben . . . that I was going to f–k up his career,” Ennis said. Says it all. Can’t wait for you to be back on the field Reuben.

  7. Man, she scrambles better than Carlos Hyde–hit the L1 on the prosecutors, and followed up with the circle spin O. But on a serious note, choose wisely when you select your significant other or just about anyone you spend your time with, or else you’re going to be in a courtroom someday asking yourself Why?.

  8. I don’t know her and I’m unaware of any payments made to her.

    Never mind. I was talking about our president. My mistake.

  9. Regardless of what really happened, she was either lying then, or she is lying now. Either way she should be prosecuted. If not why not?

  10. =====
    flviking says:
    May 17, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Elissa Ennis just set back the real victims of domestic violence. I’m sure she had a very nice payday out of this, but not every abused victim can say the same.
    =====

    I agree she set back real victims of domestic violence, but it seems to me she did so by lying in the first place, not by taking a payday.

  11. “I’m a chronic liar, Your Honor, trying to capitalize financially. Now that that’s been taken care of, I’m telling you God’s own truth….”.

  12. I hate to do this, but your cases of winning a case as a black man in America are very slim. These cases happen all the time, for the simple fact that most of these women know the court of law won’t likely ever side or look over a black man’s case fairly. The comments on this website were most likely race fueled as well. A different type of outrage when it’s the Reuben Foster’s of the world and not the Matt Patricia’s.

  13. When Rueben Foster and the alleged victim both proclaim Foster’s innocence, the PFT commenters assume Foster is guilty.

    When Matt Patricia proclaims his own innocence and yet the alleged victim remains silent, the PFT commenters assume Patricia is innocent.

    Not sure if the distinction is based on job title (player v. coach) or race.

    Either way, let’s call it both ways, folks.

  14. It is very odd that she is so forthcoming about her extortion attempt. Tempted to put on my conspiracy theory cap and suggest she was paid off by Rueben to admit to lying….if she sells it and he gets off, she gets paid. #stirringthepot

  15. The reason there is a preliminary hearing is because Foster was charged with felonies, which are serious. If he were charged with misdemeanors, there would not be any preliminary hearings. In a perverted way, the accused is actually benefiting because the prosecutor wants to throw the book at him.

  16. It’s true since th beginning of time and it’s been written about a million time
    When it comes to a woman being rejected in Love

    “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned “.

  17. She also admitted to serving time in jail for doing this in 2011 when her BF broke up with her. She needs help.

  18. That is why you must rely solely on the EVIDENCE and not the gender of the accuser to decide guilt or innocence.

    Anyone that says otherwise, does not believe in justice; but, is an imbecile or an activist or both.

  19. When Rueben Foster and the alleged victim both proclaim Foster’s innocence, the PFT commenters assume Foster is guilty.

    When Matt Patricia proclaims his own innocence and yet the alleged victim remains silent, the PFT commenters assume Patricia is innocent.

    Not sure if the distinction is based on job title (player v. coach) or race.

    One of these happened over 20 years ago and he has been a model citizen ever since. The other is much more recent and he has a history of questionable behavior. Not everything is about race.

  20. I believe her.
    But, now she needs to go to jail and pay for lying and costing the state money for all this garbage. That’s called having the courage of you conviction.

  21. GAME OVER for the DA. The fact that she has a pattern of bringing false charges in an arrest in 2011 is the killer for the DA. No jury will be convinced ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’ if that is allowed as evidence. The judge may throw this out after witnessing all this testimony and evidence today. Lunch break now.

  22. This is over. She should now be charged with filing a false police report among other things. She also set her self up to be sued by Foster.

    Not sure if he made her an offer or she’s just bonkers (or both) but there is no trial.

    PS: If it were Misdemeanors, it would have gone to Family Court. The ADA who handled the write up decides what charges to initiate based on what the Police Officer wrote down AND (a big AND) interviewing the complainant. So she was believable.

    No one wants Felony charges to be levied against anyone. No cop wants to go to trial. No DA’s office wants to lose a Felony case at trial. No Police jurisdiction wants a Felony on their stat sheets. So ‘throwing the book’ actually works in reverse. They try like hell not to throw any book. I’m a retired detective. Been, seen, done, gave up on the system but never gave up on the good people.

  23. The Prosecutor could have dismissed the charges but wanted her to give sworn testimony that she lied to the Police. That makes it easier to charge her for Falsely reporting crime or perjury if it ends up that she lied under oath about lying to the Police. I’m guessing some charges will be coming for her.

  24. “thegreatgabbert says:

    May 17, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Fostor sentenced to 3 to 4 years playing for the 49ers”

    Not a sentence now that Blaine Gabbert is gone. It only took the Cardinals one year to find out just how horrible Blaine Gabbert is

  25. “Those gun charges aren’t going away though.”

    It was admitted under oath that the guns were legally purchased in Alabama. Foster’s only error was not registering them in California, to which he has until June 30th to complete the process.

    More and more this looks like a DA who was trying to make his name off a celebrity in an election year, a DA who was previously investigated by the Attorney General of California for inappropriate behavior.

  26. I think it is funny that so many people assume that she was paid to say that. If she admitted to doing this for a pay day, I don’t think one is coming.

  27. The alleged victim also testified that she made false a DV accusation against another boyfriend back in 2011. The prosecution is going to have a tough time trying to prosecute this case

  28. I don’t know if we’ll ever hear the full story but if she did lie then she needs to spend some time behind bars herself. Her actions are the kind of things that can easily lead to a person going to jail and being “marked” by the judicial system the rest of their life. If she gets some serious time to think about her actions then it just might persuade other liars to think twice before doing the same…especially considering the current movement we’re seeing. Her lies undermine every single woman who HAS been abused and/or assaulted.

  29. Seems the Assault charges should go away but the weapon charges will not. She got him in trouble for something she wasn’t even trying to do at the time.

  30. firerogergoodell says:
    May 17, 2018 at 2:43 pm
    How many people will come back and apologize for the things they said about him? My guess is none. Remember that we are all innocent until proven guilty in this country.

    Did you apologize to rothlisberger after he was accussed of rape 2 off seasons and both victims magically refused to testify.. Its obvious there as it is here that they got PAID.. now i do think this accuser is an idiot and should now likely face felony charges of Extortion and falsiying a police report.. I BET that story will change yet again if that comes to fruition

  31. Many of these incidents are about money. Many of these “girlfriends” are in it for the money and would not be with the athlete if he were a store clerk or delivery driver. There was a story of a Dolphins lineman’s “girlfriend” that cleaned out his bank account when she thought he was breaking up with her. Even if they are broken up, I will bet some money has passed hands so she could suddenly change her story of abuse.

  32. This is the problem with the NFL making disciplinary decisions before the issue goes through the judicial system, and with other people/groups jumping to conclusions when the story first comes out. Foster has been through a significant, very stressful ordeal, and very costly both from the legal fees he is paying to potential long-term losses in endorsements and subsequent contracts.

  33. “but the weapon charges will not.”

    Those won’t hold up either. He legally purchased rifles in Alabama. His crime is that he failed to register them in California but the registration window won’t close until June 30th. At worst he pleads down to a misdemeanor.

  34. Did you apologize to rothlisberger after he was accussed of rape 2 off seasons and both victims magically refused to testify.. Its obvious there as it is here that they got PAID.. now i do think this accuser is an idiot and should now likely face felony charges of Extortion and falsiying a police report.. I BET that story will change yet again if that comes to fruition

    ———-

    Right. They refused to testify. Unlike this woman who did testify, went into tremendous detail (as people telling the truth tend to do), and would be risking felony perjury charges if caught lying. This didn’t look good at first, but at some point one has to accept the most cynical story isn’t always the truth.

  35. youngnoizecom says:
    May 17, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    I hate to do this, but your cases of winning a case as a black man in America are very slim. These cases happen all the time, for the simple fact that most of these women know the court of law won’t likely ever side or look over a black man’s case fairly. The comments on this website were most likely race fueled as well. A different type of outrage when it’s the Reuben Foster’s of the world and not the Matt Patricia’s.

    ——————-

    Agree, there’s a national double standard, but these two people are a bad example.

    Foster – Fell in the draft for history and an incident at the combine. That’s all most of us know of him. He was accused of hitting a woman, something that’s become a trend with football players (young, old, white, black)

    Patricia – Rocket Scientist who we never heard of anything bad about until an untried rape case is dug up from 20 years ago after he becomes a head coach. There was no victim carrying the torch for this to come to light at the time, and in the 2 weeks since this came out, the story has been dug into in great depth.

    Between the two, a lot more time was spent digging into Patricia’s story than Foster’s, and Foster’s is now seemingly over.

    But, I agree, there’s a latent double standard, this is a bad example though because of Foster’s past. In the case of Lucky Whitehead though, that’s where the double standard is real. Guy got fired because they screwed up at the police station in a state he was hundreds of miles away from! If it was the punter and not the punt returner, I think they “wait for the legal process”.

  36. I wouldn’t say there’s a double standard because of Foster’s past, because he’s never been arrested nor convicted of a violent crime. His “history or past” is nothing more than a few joints and an argument (which is virtually nothing).

  37. She a gold digga………Good God….when are these guys going to realize that they need to be careful with the company they keep?

  38. We’re never going to know the truth here. And as much as of a hardliner as I am on punishing domestic abusers in pro sports, there doesn’t seem to be any solid evidence to justify a suspension. Of course, it’s not entirely clear what evidence the NFL needs for such things.

  39. The accuser is a good looking young woman but appears to be unstable. She either lied in the beginning or she is lying now.

  40. Most of us once dated at least one woman that proved to be crazy and the faster we tried to dump her, the tighter she held on.

    But then again, most of us aren’t making millions of dollars so our mistake wasn’t on this scale. I believe in due process so let’s see what they can prove before we lock them both up and throw away the key.

  41. 1. abuses women 2 Abuses animals. Threatens to harm those who testify.

    Gets pay raise and long extension, and trophy.

  42. “I guess his check must have cleared this morning”

    She testified under penalty of perjury and was cross examined. She is not getting a dollar from Foster today or tomorrow or ever. My guess would be that she was told that charges wouldn’t be pressed against her for felony theft for stealing what must have amounted to thousands of dollars from him and that she wouldn’t be sued into oblivion kf she just came clean.

  43. This guy still has to get suspended though, right? Elliott’s “accuser” was also a lying golddigger, and he got six games.

  44. I didn’t follow Zeke’s case that closely. Did his accuser testify under oath in a courtroom that she lied and he’s innocent?

    Sometimes having the legal process fully play out is of benefit to the accused.

  45. Fair enough.. filing a false police report is a crime and she should do jail time. I’m betting once jail time is on the table one of two things will happen. One, she will stand by her revised version of events and go to jail or two, she will go back to the original version. Either way, I’m betting the real story comes out at that point.

  46. stupid hair cut…more importantly I cant tell who’s lying but she took the $$$$ and that’s that

  47. This is why the da is supposed to fully investigate a crime. But also why is always go to trial. The only way to submit evidence and prove when someone is a compulsive liar. And believe me, some cons are so good at what they do you don’t really know them for years. Both male and female. Best thing the world can ask for is these people to find each other and then sit. Ack and watch them destroy each other. Meanwhile you realize how happy you are again and lol at them. If she was in fact paid off that’s easy enough for the da to show and will destroy his case. Again take it to full try…never settle. The cons will call you a liar otherwise and continue to try to ruin your life. No settling and no compromises for those who’ve blown that chance.

  48. Sad that the real story will never ever truly come out. She has lost her credibility.

    If she made this up – then I feel really bad for real victims. Falsely accusing is a RAT move.

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