Conor Kennedy was arrested in Aspen early Thursday morning after standing up for gay friend.
The 22-year-old son of Robbert Kennedy Jr. and grandson of the late Robert Kennedy got into a fight outside the nightclub Bootsy Bellows.
According to The Aspen Times Kennedy reprimanded a group of four men and asked them to apologize to his friend after they were heard making homophobic comments.
One of the men went back and apologized to Kennedy’s friend, but at around 1.40 am when everyone was leaving, two of the men used more homophobic slurs. Kennedy once again asked them to stop and that is when the fight broke out.
Officer Andy Atkinson was already at the scene on another matter when he saw Kennedy pull the man to the ground. He said he saw Kennedy punch the man four or five times in the back of his head with his fists.
Atkinson struggled to get Kennedy off the man, but got him arrested with the help of a bystander.
‘Kennedy and I fell back on to the snow bank on the south side of where Kennedy attempted to pull away from me and stand up. I held on to Kennedy’s arms and rolled him over with the assistance from a bystander onto his stomach.’
Kennedy later apologized to Atkinson and the report states that Kennedy was cooperative, compliant and respectful towards the police.
‘He called my friend the F-word,’ Kennedy told police after his arrest.
Kennedy’s father, Robert Kennedy Jr. said in a statement: ‘Conor has always reacted against bullying and I’m happy he stood up for his friend.’
He also said that he was very sorry it turned into a police incident and that Conor is ‘not liking the attention’.
Kennedy is due to appear in court on 22 February.
Conor Kennedy is also known for his romantic relationship with Taylor Swift in 2012.