Conor Kennedy, the onetime Taylor Swift boyfriend and grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, was arrested for allegedly fighting outside a Colorado nightclub early Thursday because he was defending a gay friend who had been called a homophobic slur, his father claimed in an interview with the Aspen Times.
“Conor has always reacted against bullying,” Robert Kennedy Jr. told the newspaper. “I’m happy he stood up for his friend.”
RFK Jr. said the altercation escalated after Conor, 22, asked several men at the Bootsy Bellows nightclub in Aspen, Colorado, to apologize to his friend for using a homophobic slur.
Though one of the men did apologize, two of their group later used slurs about Conor’s friend, RFK Jr. said.
The fight broke when one of the men allegedly swung at Conor, RFK Jr. told the Times. “I’m very sorry it turned into a police incident,” he said. “[Conor’s] not liking the attention.”
A statement from Conor’s attorneys said he “rebuked” two men who used a “homophobic slur and threats to [his] close friend,” according to CBS News. Aspen police told the Times that no one has come forward about being threatened that night for being gay.
“We are aware of some of those allegations, and we are following up on them this evening,” Assistant Police Chief Bill Linn told the Times. “At the moment, there have been no allegations of additional crimes given by witnesses or those involved in the incident.”
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Adam Carlson