The 22-year-old and another man got into a scuffle in the street outside the Bootsy Bellows nightclub and were rolling around on the ground. According to the Associated Press, authorities reported seeing Conor punch the man in the head multiple times before police intervened and separated them. Conor allegedly struggled with the officer and the two fell in a snowbank.
According to The Aspen Times, Conor apologized after the incident. He then reportedly told police that the man he was fighting used a derogatory word against his friend.
Robert Kennedy Jr. defended his son’s actions. “Conor has always reacted against bullying. I’m happy he stood up for his friend,” he said in a statement to The Aspen Times. “I’m very sorry it turned into a police incident. [Conor’s] not liking the attention.”
He added that the Aspen Police “have been extraordinary” to his family in the past, especially when his brother, Michael Kennedy, died from a skiing accident on Aspen Mountain in 1997.
“When my brother was killed, they were on the scene and treated us with incredible kindness my family will never forget,” he told The Aspen Times.
Conor’s lawyer, Matt Ferguson, has also spoken out about the incident, stating that “multiple witnesses to the incident have reported that two men assaulted Conor Kennedy after he rebuked them for directing a homophobic slur and threats to his close friend.”
Per The Aspen Times, Conor was booked on a municipal disorderly conduct charge and faces a possible penalty of up to a year in jail and a $2,650 fine. His court appearance is set for February 22.
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