Kristen Saban Sued Over Sorority Sister Fight; Judge Weighs Dismissal

Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 01:23 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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A judge is weighing whether to drop the civil lawsuit filed against Kristen Saban by one of her sorority sisters, which accuses the daughter of University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban of beating her up during a 2010 brawl.

Sarah Grimes, then a student at the University of Alabama, filed suit in 2012 accusing Saban of punching her in the face "like [boxer] Boom Boom Mancini" and breaking her nose to the point where she needed reconstructive surgery after the two got into a fight at a party in 2010.

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"As a result of the beating and the head injuries Sarah Grimes sustained by Kristen Saban, Sarah has had repeated night terrors, anxiety, physical trembling, fears of dying from brain injuries, trouble sleeping, and intrusive recollections of the event," the lawsuit states.

According to court documents obtained by AL.com, the girls started arguing after playing a drinking game called "Power Hour," where participants consume a drink each time the music stops (think drinking musical chairs). Grimes reportedly told Saban to stop moping about a fight with her boyfriend, to which Saban replied, "No one likes you. You don't have any friends."

Saban then allegedly posted on Facebook, "No one likes Sarah! Yayyyyy!"

Grimes insists in the suit that Saban later tracked her down, pushed her, slammed her head into a door, and then punched her in the face. But Saban's legal team claims the tiff was just a stupid catfight in which Saban shoved Grimes in self-defense. Now, they argue, Grimes is just looking for a payout from a local celebrity family.

"There is no question that [Saban] did not assault the plaintiff," Saban's attorney Bob Prince told the judge Tuesday. "What you’re left with is this: You’ve got a drunk assaulter who gets in a fight, loses the fight and sues, and she didn't sue just anybody."

At the end of the hearing, the judge indicated he would take both sides into consideration when deciding whether to dismiss the case, but gave no timetable.

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