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Reuben Foster's accuser breaks silence on ex-49er's alleged domestic violence

Cam Inman and Robert Salonga, The Mercury News on

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Elissa Ennis now says she lied under oath in May when it came to saving Reuben Foster's San Francisco 49ers career, and now she is standing by her latest claims of domestic violence against him, an accusation that led to his Nov. 24 arrest and release from the team.

"I did what I had to do for the person I love," Ennis told ABC News about recanting in court her story of a Feb. 11 incident at their home. "I thought that he would change."

"Anybody in my position, they would've done the same thing if they shared a family with this person.

"He used to come crying to me and tell me he didn't have anybody. If somebody you love come crying to you, telling you that they didn't have anybody, you'd do the same thing, too. That's why I did what I did, because I loved him."

Foster was arrested Nov. 24 at the 49ers team hotel in Tampa, Fla., on the eve of their game against the Buccaneers, after Ennis called police and accused him of abuse.

Once the police arrived at the hotel upon her 911 call, she claimed the 49ers weren't helpful, telling ABC News: "I have pictures of the 49ers coming up there trying, trying to talk to the police, saying I'm the same ex-girlfriend that sat up there and lied."

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"The 49ers fully cooperated with authorities, assisted in locating Mr. Foster and in no way impeded their investigation," a team spokesman said.

The 49ers released Foster the following day before he posted a $2,000 bond out of a Tampa jail. Washington claimed him off waivers, catching many by surprise, including Ennis, who told ABC News: "When he got signed, I was like, 'I can't believe somebody picked him up.' "

A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge dismissed domestic-violence charges against Foster in May, a week after Ennis admitted to falsifying claims of domestic violence which she said were driven by financial motives and the quest to end Foster's career.

In describing the Feb. 11 incident to ABC News, Ennis echoed many of her initial claims to police: "Reuben threw my clothes off the balcony. He threw my stuff out the house. He dragged me down the stairs two, three times. He punched me in my face two, three times. Pulled me by my hair. Kicked me. Spit on me."

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