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Sarah Palin 'proud' of daughter after family brawl at party

By Tim Walker

Former US Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has said she is "proud" of her eldest daughter Bristol, who is said to have punched the host of a party in the face during a fracas.

"I love Bristol," wrote the 50-year-old Alaska Governor on Facebook.

"My straight-shooter is one of the strongest young women you'll ever meet.

"I have to say this as a proud mama... my kids' defence of family makes my heart soar."

Self-described 'Mama Grizzly Bear' Ms Palin, her husband Todd and two of their five children – Bristol (23) and Track (25) – attended the birthday party on September 6 at the Anchorage home of Chris Olds.

Alaska-based blogger Amanda Coyne wrote that the fight broke out shortly after Track Palin turned up at the event. Track, an Iraq War veteran, spotted a former boyfriend of his sister Willow (20).

Police said "alcohol was believed to have been a factor" in the "verbal and physical altercation" that followed.

As many as 20 people are thought to have been involved in the melee at its height, including Todd, who was reportedly left with a bloody nose, and Bristol, who is alleged to have hit Mr Olds in the face.

No one was arrested following the brawl, and no charges were filed against any participants.

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