SANTA CLARA — Santa Clara police have released body-worn camera footage and other details of an Oct. 12 domestic incident involving former 49ers star Reuben Foster and his estranged girlfriend Elissa Ennis.
The episode at a high-end apartment complex on Lick Mill Boulevard preceded Foster’s arrest in Florida last month for allegedly slapping and pushing Ennis at a Tampa hotel. Foster faced similar domestic violence charges earlier this year when Ennis accused him of assaulting her at a house they shared in Los Gatos but later recanted.
In the October incident, officers were called to the complex after neighbors reported hearing a loud argument between a man and a woman, later identified as Foster and Ennis.
Ennis was crying when officers arrived and said she was “not okay,” but neither she nor Foster appeared to be hurt, according to a police report. Pictures of both were taken to document the lack of injuries.
Officers handcuffed Foster and placed him in the back of a patrol vehicle while they talked to Ennis.
Ennis told officers the quarrel started after she took Foster’s cellphone and found “things ... that upset her,” according to the police report. She did not elaborate and Foster declined to provide a statement.
No one was cited or arrested in connection with the incident.
Foster, however, was arrested at the 49ers team hotel in Tampa on Nov. 24, on the eve of their game against the Buccaneers, after Ennis called police and accused him of assaulting her. He was released by the 49ers the next day.
“He invited me to come see him in Florida, and I came and he took one of my phones and he slapped me and pushed me,” Ennis told ABC News. “I told him I was going to tell his new girlfriend that he paid for my flight out there, so that’s what triggered it.”
Ennis reported similar abuse at Foster’s hands at a home they shared in Los Gatos on Feb. 11. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office filed domestic violence charges against Foster, but the case was dismissed in May when Ennis testified she fabricated the allegations out of financial motives and the quest to end Foster’s career.
Following Foster’s most recent arrest, Ennis admitted she lied under oath to save his career, and she stood by her previous claims he had thrown her things out of the house, dragged her down stairs, punched her, pulled her by her hair, kicked her and spit on her.
“I did what I had to do for the person I love,” Ennis told ABC News about the false testimony. “I thought that he would change.”
District Attorney Jeff Rosen said his office would not pursue perjury charges against Ennis.
Prosecutors, however, are weighing whether to pursue a probation violation — and other legal options — against Foster, who pleaded no contest to misdemeanor possession of an assault weapon, the only surviving charge from his arrest in Los Gatos.
“We haven’t made a decision yet, in part because he has a case in Florida,” Rosen told this news organization in an interview Thursday, “and we’ll wait for authorities there to prosecute that case.”