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A man who went to police claiming he was assaulted was allegedly earlier thrown out of a Queenstown bar for making racial slurs towards a group of Polynesian men on a stag do.
Sergeant Steve Watt said a man contacted police on Saturday night to say he had been assaulted outside a bar in The Mall.
When police spoke to the bar's manager, it transpired the man had been escorted outside after he allegedly yelled "racist slurs'' at a group of men on a stag do and punched one of them, Sgt Watt said.
The racial slurs continued outside, and an altercation ensued that left the man with "a torn t-shirt and blood around his mouth''.
Inquiries are continuing.