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San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster pleaded not guilty Tuesday inside a San Jose courthouse to charges related to an alleged domestic violence incident in February.
The not guilty pleas entered by Foster’s attorney, Josh Bentley, covered three felony charges — they carry a maximum sentence of 11 years in prison — which prosecutors are pursuing. The alleged victim in the case, Foster’s girlfriend, has recanted the accusations. She told police who responded to a residence in Los Gatos, Calif., that Foster punched her about 10 times, dragged her by her hair downstairs and forcibly threw her out of the front door, according to the police report obtained by USA TODAY Sports.
Foster allegedly threatened to kill her “or have someone else kill her,” one of the responding officers wrote in the report. She fled the residence, but Foster chased her down, grabbed her cell phone and threw it. She was able to flag down a motorist, who called 911.
The argument, which started the night before, grew out of the alleged victim’s use of a second cell phone as Foster accused her of cheating on him, according to the police report. Foster allegedly threw the girlfriend’s dog, which was not injured, on that night.
USA TODAY Sports does not name the alleged victims of domestic violence.
The woman suffered multiple bruises and a ruptured ear drum, injuries she later said came from a road rage incident and weren’t caused by Foster.
Police recovered a variant of the AR-15 — a type of firearm banned in California — and a pistol along with ammunition.
Foster faces charges of domestic violence, forcefully attempting to dissuade a witness and possession of an assault weapon. He was not charged with animal abuse.
A preliminary hearing in the case is set for May 17.
A first-round pick of the 49ers in 2017, the team plans to part ways with Foster if the accusations prove true.