Taylor Swift's ex-boyfriend strikes plea deal
Taylor Swift's ex-boyfriend has struck a plea deal to avoid jail.
Conor Kennedy, 22 - who Taylor, 27, dated briefly in 2012 - received a six-month deferred sentence and a $500 fine yesterday (15.02.17) after he pled guilty to a misdemeanour in relation to disorderly conduct charges stemming from a fight he got into in Aspen, Colorado in December.
The arrest will be wiped from Conor's criminal record if he stays out of trouble and abstains from drugs and alcohol for the next six months, but if he violates the conditions he could face jail time.
He was also ordered to write a letter of apology but has already done so.
Conor was arrested in the early hours of December 29, 2016, after he got into a fight outside Bootsy Bellows nightclub, where witnesses saw him "throwing approximately four or five punches to the head of the other party."
He also briefly tousled with arresting officer Andy Atkinson, unaware he was a member of the police, causing them to fall in the snow.
However, the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy reportedly apologised and claimed he was defending his friend after his opponent hurled a homophobic slur, saying he "called my friend the f-word".
Following yesterday's hearing, Atkinson told the Aspen Daily News that he met with Conor and his father, Robert Kennedy Jr., shortly after the incident and they were both "incredibly apologetic and very embarrassed."
During their short-lived romance, Taylor bought a home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, near to Conor's family's Cape Cod compound.
However, after the relationship ended, Taylor sold the house at a $1 million profit.