Elissa Ennis, the ex-girlfriend of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster, testified Thursday in a San Jose, Ca. courtroom that she fabricated domestic violence claims in an attempt to extort money from him.
Ennis admitted that she made up the story because she wanted to ruin Foster’s career and sue him for money after he broke up with her Feb. 11.
“I wanted to sue Reuben. It was a money scheme,” Ennis said on the stand, according to The Athletic. “It was all about money. I wanted to get him. “I was threatening Reuben that I was going to f–k up his career.”
Ennis, who reportedly also admitted to falsely accusing a former boyfriend of domestic violence in Louisiana in 2011, said she wanted to tell the truth about what happened. By the time her two-hour testimony was over, Ennis broke down on the stand and offered a tearful apology to the court.
“I’m sorry, I really am,” Ennis said. “I apologize to everybody.”
Ennis also confessed to stealing two Rolex watches and more than $8,000 from Foster after taking his account and routing numbers in the days following their breakup. She originally told police Foster punched her 10 times, dragged her down a flight of stairs, threw her phone, physically forced her outside and then spit on her in a domestic altercation. The Santa Clara District Attorney’s office pushed back Foster’s formal arraignment after Ennis came forward last month and publicly admitted her story was a lie.
By the end of the day Thursday, Judge Nona L. Klippen is expected to rule on whether any or all of the charges will continue to a jury trial, which would take place in July.