TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — An August jury trial has been scheduled in the long-running dispute between the daughter of Alabama football coach Nick Saban and a sorority sister who claims that Kristen Saban beat her after a night of drinking.
The Tuscaloosa News reports that Circuit Judge James Roberts has scheduled a trial for the week of Aug. 3.
Kristen Saban, 24, and Sarah Grimes, 25, acknowledge they got into a physical altercation on Aug. 29, 2010. But each has accused the other of being the aggressor.
Sarah Grimes filed suit in 2012, seeking at least $10,000 in damages. The suit states that she suffered multiple injuries because of blows from Kristen Saban, eventually requiring nasal surgery.
Grimes was treated at DCH Regional Medical Center the night of the fight. She was interviewed by police, but declined at the time to press criminal charges, according to the lawsuit.
Roberts dismissed Sarah Grimes’ suit in February 2014, ruling that the younger Saban was defending herself in line with Alabama’s “stand your ground” law. The Alabama Supreme Court overruled that interpretation and reinstated the case in December.
Kristen Saban says the dispute began when Grimes mocked Saban as being “pathetic” over a relationship with her boyfriend. Saban says retreated to her room, leaving Grimes behind with the pair’s friends, only to have Grimes follow her and beat on her closed door.
Saban alleges that the confrontation became physical when she opened the door.
Neither Nick Saban nor his wife, Terry Saban, is a party in the lawsuit.