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Robert F. Kennedy's grandson, John Conor Kennedy, arrested after Colorado bar fight

Conor Kennedy, center, attends the premiere of the HBO documentary "Ethel" on Oct. 15, 2012, in New York. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

The grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy was arrested in Colorado Thursday following an early morning bar fight.

John Conor Kennedy, 22, who goes by Conor, was detained briefly by police in the resort town of Aspen, the Aspen Times reported.

Officers responded around 1:40 a.m. to reports of people refusing to leave the bar. But when they arrived, they saw a fight break out in front of the establishment.

Aspen police Sgt. Rick Magnuson told the newspaper that's when Officer Andy Atkinson saw Kennedy grab another man by the shirt, pull him down and hit him in the back of the head at least four times.

Atkinson and at least one other officer tried to break up the scuffle but were unsuccessful.

“Kennedy and I fell back onto the snow bank on the south side of [the street] where Kennedy attempted to pull away from me and stand up,” Atkinson wrote in the police report. “I held onto Kennedy’s arms and rolled him over with assistance from a bystander on to his stomach.”

Kennedy was taken into custody, but later released. He faces at least one charge of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor that carries a sentence of up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,650, USA Today reported.

Police are still investigating exactly what happened, but Kennedy's father, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., says his son was merely standing up for a friend who was called "the f-word." Multiple media outlets have reported the "f-word" allegedly used against Kennedy's friend was a gay slur.

“Conor has always reacted against bullying. I’m happy he stood up for his friend," Robert Kennedy Jr. told the Times.

It's not the first time Kennedy has had a run-in with the law. USA Today noted Kennedy was arrested outside the White House in 2013, along with 47 other environmental activists, who were protesting the Keystone XL pipeline.

Conor Kennedy, son of Robert Kennedy Jr., is arrested in Washington, Feb. 13, 2013, as prominent environmental leaders tied themselves to the White House gate to protest the Keystone XL oil pipeline. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Kennedy is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 22, according to the Boston Globe.

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