Sharpton’s Daughter Skips First Court Date In $5M Sprained Ankle Case

Written by
Abraham Jaros
Updated on Sunday, Oct 1, 2023

Posted on: Jul 6 2016

Rev. Al Sharpton and Dominique Sharpton attend the ‘CHI-RAQ’ New York Premiere on Dec. 1. Photo: FilmMagic

The Rev. Al Sharpton’ s daughter was a no-show Wednesday for the first court date in her $5 Million sprained ankle case against the city, letting her lawyer stand in for her – but the night before she was putting that ankle to go use, marching in a raucous anti-gun demonstration in Times Square.

“Marching for #Peace after the premiere of #chiraq,” Dominique Sharpton wrote on her Instagram account late Tuesday night, along with a short video clip of her march. Film director Spike Lee led the IO-block walk after the Manhattan premiere of his new feature “Chi-Raq.”

“Hi!” a smiling Dominique says in the Instagram video that features her walking along at a steady clip with a friend. Her father spoke at the rally.

Dominique’s social media postings have landed the 29-year-old in legal hot water before. In May, city lawyers ordered Dominique not to delete Instagram photos that showed her trekking through Bali, Indonesia, just days after filing her suit claiming “severe” injuries.

On Wednesday, her lawyer, Oliver Tobias, asked the city for a second copy of a map that pinpoints cracks and potholes on streets and sidewalks.

Her suit says she tripped on uneven pavement crossing Broome Street near Broadway on Oct. 2, 2014.

Her attorney’s demand is a sign that Sharpton’s personal injury suit is on shaky ground, according to an expert.

David Jaroslawicz, a top personal injury lawyer who is not involved in the case, said the first map provided by the city “could not be very clear as to whether or not the defect exists.”

City officials are only responsible for defects if they have been reported in writing to the Dept. of Transportation at least 15 days before an accident. Tobias declined to comment on the case.

In court Wednesday the two sides signed an agreement that requires Dominique to sit for a deposition on Jan. 20. The document also gives the city the right to have her examined by an independent doctor to determine the true extent of her injuries.

The next court appearance is scheduled for February.

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