The Wrap was the only source that reported on it at the time. Trek Movie said it was bunk on their Twitter, apparently, but I haven't been able to find the Tweet (I'm not that familiar with Twitter, honestly).
In any event, it was based on an anonymous source, and not picked up by Variety or Hollywood Reporter (which you would expect, if it had basis) after it was posted. I somehow doubt that Abrams was that unfamiliar with the ownership of the IP before he got involved in the first movie. You don't get to his position without being a little savvy. And, if he was so dissatisfied, why did he come back to direct the second film? It just doesn't add up.