NEW YORK – A birthday celebration for Al Sharpton’s daughter ended in handcuffs early Saturday. She was arrested after reportedly punching a cabbie in Midtown and snatching his keys, police sources said.
Ashley Sharpton was in a yellow taxi just before 1 a.m. reported New York Daily News. She was accompanied by three of her friends near the intersection of W. 48th St. and Ninth Ave.
Al Sharpton’s Daughter Has Tussle With Cabbie
Apparently, each of the passengers gave the driver a different destination. The cabbie, Georges Coly, 44, stopped the car as he was annoyed and confused. As a result, he refused to move until Sharpton’s group could figure out where they wanted to go.
That’s when Sharpton, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, grabbed the keys from the ignition, according to police. She jumped out of the car and threw the keys. However, Coly did not see where they went. When he approached Sharpton demanding his keys be returned, Sharpton began shoving him, the cabbie told police.
Sharpton ran off, but officers located her about two hours later. They took her into custody on W. 46th St. Cops gave her a desk appearance ticket and sent her on her way.
According to the New York Post, Sharpton admitted to police that she grabbed the keys and tossed them.
Police said that one of Sharton’s friends filmed the ordeal. The footage reportedly shows Sharpton punching the driver in the chest while he tried to retrieve his keys.
A police source said she wasn’t charged with assault because the cabbie wasn’t injured.
Sharpton Defends Daughter
“She told me it didn’t happen the way they said it happened, but I can’t speak for a 30-year-old woman,” Al Sharpton told the Daily News on Saturday morning.
Hours later, during his weekly National Action Network rally at the group’s Harlem headquarters, the volatile activist claimed police targeted the younger Sharpton. He said she was targeted simply because she’s his daughter.
“All I know is that you got four people in a cab, and there’s some altercation, and they find out two hours later one of them is Al Sharpton’s daughter, she’s the one that’s going to the precinct,” the firebrand civil rights leader told the crowd.
“If you’re my child or you’re related to me, you’re guilty until proven innocent. But we’ll fight that out in court.”
Ashley Sharpton turned 30 on Friday.
“Happy Birthday to my youngest, Ashley,” Al Sharpton tweeted Friday. “A strong black woman and committed activist. So proud to be your Dad.”
Happy Birthday to my youngest, Ashley. A strong black woman and committed activist. So proud to be your Dad. pic.twitter.com/ld7DyVA6CJ
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) September 8, 2017
Sharpton’s daughter attended Saturday’s NAN rally but did not speak to reporters or address the crowd.
Attorney Vows Fight
Her attorney Michael Hardy, who is also an executive vice president and lead counsel for NAN, said Sharpton will vigorously fight the charges.
“What was reported did not happen,” Hardy disputed. “There are no actual formal charges yet because she was released on a desk appearance ticket. In terms of any criminal act, I don’t believe there was any criminal act.”
(Photo @TheRevAl Twitter)