The daughter of racialist Al Sharpton is suing the city of New York for a sprained ankle she suffered on a city street.
Dominique Sharpton is asking for $5 million from New York city taxpayers because she was “severely injured, bruised and wounded” after stumbling over her own feet at the corner of Broome Street and Broadway downtown last year.
Wish I had the balls to do this.
Currently on vacation in Bali, the membership director for her gadfly dad’s National Action Network claims she “still suffers and will continue to suffer for some time physical pain and bodily injuries,” according to the suit filed against the city departments of Transportation and Environmental Protection.
“I sprained my ankle real bad lol,” she wrote in a post to Instagram after the Oct. 2 fall.
She was pictured in a walking boot in the weeks following the tumble, but by December, Dominique was good to go for NAN’s Justice for All march in Washington, DC, and for a New Year’s Eve jaunt to Miami Beach.
And despite claiming “permanent physical pain” in a breathless notice of claim, there are social-media shots of her in high heels, and another of her climbing a ladder to decorate a Christmas tree.
The legal shakedown is right out of her dad’s pay-to-playbook.
Al Sharpton has used threats of protests and boycotts against large companies as a way to generate huge corporate donations, his critics charge.
Everyone from McDonald’s, Verizon, Macy’s, General Motors, Chrysler and Pfizer have forked over cash to the elder Sharpton.
The Rev on Saturday said he didn’t know the status of his daughter’s legal claim. “She’s 29 years old. Why would she have to talk to me about that?” he said of Dominique, whose mother is Sharpton’s ex-wife, Kathy. “I just know that she was hurt and that she got a lawyer and she’s a grown woman. [Where] she goes from there, I have no idea.”
Suing the city can be a hugely profitable endeavor for citizens. While you can see where it’s justified when cops beat a confession out of someone, or frame them for a crime they didn’t commit, there are dozens of lawsuits every year against cities for accidents involving buses and trains, icy pavement, as well as even more lawsuits where the city is named as a co-defendant.
Of course, you aren’t suing the city as much as you are suing taxpayers — your friends, neighbors, and family members. If Ms. Sharpton had suffered a serious injury, it might be justifiable to sue for medical bills and lost wages.
But $5 million? It’s partly a legal maneuver, hoping the city will settle for a lot less. But it still rankles when someone makes such outrageous claims of injury when you know they’ll be laughing all the way to the bank.