Not long after Al Sharpton’s daughter filed suit against New York City for “permanent damage” to her foot from an “uneven” street in Soho, she began posting photos on Instagram showing that she hiked mountains on vacation. Now, the city wants those photos preserved.
Dominique Sharpton, 28, is demanding $5 million from the city for an ankle that she claims was “severely injured, bruised and wounded” by what she said was “uneven” pavement near Broome Street and Broadway last October.
By April, Dominique Sharpton was claiming she “still suffers and will continue to suffer for some time physical pain and bodily injuries.”
According to her lawsuit, Sharpton’s daughter is seeking damages for “loss of quality of life, future pain and suffering, future medical bills, [and] future diminution of income.”
But despite claimng that she is lame for life, Sharpton participated is several protest marches and, by May, was even posting photos of herself hiking up a mountain in Bali, Indonesia.
One of the Instagram photos of her vacation hike was captioned, “We hiked UP the mountain, over the clouds… into the SUNRISE… One of the most beautiful sites ever. And YES I ALMOST DIED GETTING UP THERE LOL. #Balidays we made it, WHEW.”
But after several media outlets revealed the existence of the images, the city’s lawyers sent a letter to the younger Sharpton demanding that she preserve the photos of her strenuous vacation climb as proof that her ankle wasn’t quite as injured as her lawsuit claimed.
“The purpose of this letter is to demand that plaintiff preserve any photographs, documents, communications and any other information, both tangible and electronically stored, potentially relevant to her alleged trip and fall on Dec. 23, 2014,” city lawyers said in a May 20 letter filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
“This demand should be construed broadly to encompass materials related to plaintiff’s health, mobility, activity or physical limitations after the alleged incident,” the letter continued.
In response, Sharpton’s lawyer said that the city didn’t have to send a letter to make sure she saved photos that she “freely made available to the public.”
But one might imagine that her claims that she was severely injured have become untenable after posting mountain climbing photos.
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