Jonathan Taylor accuser arrested after recanting assault claim

Woman who accused former Alabama lineman Jonathan Taylor of assault is arrested after recanting claims

The woman who claimed she was assaulted over the weekend by former Alabama defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor has been arrested after recanting the allegations.

Tuscaloosa, Ala., police arrested the 24-year-old woman on a charge of false reporting to law enforcement. She was released at Tuscaloosa County Jail on bond Wednesday, police reported. The woman was not publicly identified by police.

Alabama Coach Nick Saban cut Taylor from the team Sunday, hours after his arrest on suspicion of third-degree assault and domestic violence and third-degree criminal mischief.

Charges against Taylor will be reviewed “at a later date,” police said in a statement.

The woman, who claimed to be Taylor's girlfriend, told police she suffered injuries to her neck and that Taylor damaged her apartment.

According to police, Taylor's accuser contacted them Monday and said the 6-foot-4, 330-pound lineman did not hurt her. She maintained in further interviews Tuesday she had lied about the incident.

Alabama has not responded publicly to news regarding the woman's arrest.

Taylor signed with Alabama in January, about six months after he was dismissed from the University of Georgia following his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence charges stemming from an incident with a girlfriend. Taylor had been undergoing counseling at Alabama.

On Monday, Saban defended his choice to give Taylor a second chance when he signed him in January.

“I still think he's a good person,” Saban said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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