John Conor Kennedy, former boyfriend of Taylor Swift and a grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, was arrested in Aspen after getting into a fight outside Bootsy Bellows nightclub.
When officers arrived, they tried to separate Conor and another man. Aspen Assistant Chief Bill Linn said in a press release the men were “rolling around on the ground.”
An officer identified Conor while trying to break up the fight, and the 22-year-old fell into a snowbank. Witnesses told officers that Kennedy threw four to five punches during the brawl.
Kennedy was charged with disorderly conduct and released without bond. He faces up to a year in jail and a $2,650 fine.
Kennedy's father is environmental activist and attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. His mother, Mary Richardson, from whom RFK Jr. was divorced, committed suicide in 2012.
After the incident, his father claimed that Conor was arrested for defending his gay friend, who he says was being bullied. RFK Jr. told the Aspen Times, “Conor has always reacted against bullying. I'm happy he stood up for his friend… I'm very sorry it turned into a police incident. [Conor's] not liking the attention.”
Conor's lawyer Matt Ferguson added, “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.”
The song "Begin Again" on Taylor Swift's 2012 album "Red" is believed to be about Conor.