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Police Reveal More Details Of Huge Birthday Fight Involving Sarah Palin’s Family

The male host of the party invited Bristol Palin to punch him in the face. She did. Five or six times.

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Anchorage police in Alaska have released further details of a huge brawl at a birthday party involving former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family.

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The fight took place on the evening of 6 September and involved as many as 20 people, including the former Alaska governor's husband, Todd, their daughter Bristol, and their son Track.

The family had apparently been out celebrating Todd’s birthday when they decided to go to another party at family friend Korey Klingenmeyer’s house in Anchorage.

The police report, released on Thursday, says that when officers John Daily and Justin Blake arrived at the scene they discovered members of the Palin family walking towards a limousine parked outside.

Track was spotted without his shirt on, sporting a bloody mouth, and there was a “strong odor of alcohol coming from the group”, according to the report.

Police said Track “appeared heavily intoxicated and acted belligerent at first”. Officers said they had a hard time getting him to calm down, but eventually his mother convinced him to talk to the officers.

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Track (pictured above with sister Willow) claimed “some guys” at the party had been rude to his sisters and made them cry. The family decided to leave, he said, but as they were walking away one of the "guys" sucker-punched his friend Steven from behind and knocked him to the ground.

It was at that point, Track said, that he confronted one of them and took his shirt off to fight him, and it quickly escalated from there, with numerous people reportedly attacking him.

Track said that at one point he ran into woods, where an 18-year-old assaulted him while others held him down, egged on by the teen's father.

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Police discovered Bristol by the limousine. She was reported to be “heavily intoxicated and upset”, after being involved in what appears to have been a separate altercation.

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The 23-year-old said her younger sister Willow told her she had been pushed by a woman at the party. When Bristol tried to find out what happened, she said, Klingenmeyer called her a "cunt" and a "slut" and someone dragged her across the lawn by her feet.

In his statement, Klingenmeyer said he was angry because the Palins showed up at his property and started causing problems. He said he was in the house when the fight broke out, and told those inside not to get involved.

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He said Bristol entered the house threatening to “beat that girl’s ass" [because of what had happened to her sister]. Klingenmeyer said he wasn’t going to have any fighting in his house and told her to go home.

Bristol reportedly responded, “Who the fuck are you?”, and said she would “kick his ass”.

Klingenmeyer said she then hit him in the face, and that he told her to hit him again if it made her feel better.

He claims he let Bristol hit him five or six times before grabbing her wrist and pushing her away, at which point Bristol fell down.

A group of men then approached from outside and threatened to attack him for beating Bristol, but a number of others stepped in to help, Klingenmeyer said. A fight ensued, which the Palins lost, he said.

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Brian Horscel, who claimed to be a friend of both families, told police he saw Klingenmeyer telling Bristol to punch him in the face and telling her to leave. He said he thought Track started the fight.

Matthew McKenna, another person at the party, said he picked Bristol up and carried her from the property to the street. At that point, Sarah and Todd Palin asked what had happened and McKenna told them to leave, but instead more violence ensued.

McKenna told officers the problem was that Bristol, Willow, and their boyfriends were drunk.

Prosecutors have decided against pressing charges over the fight.

Richard James is acting head of news for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.

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