It must have been a helluva birthday party.
After spending the evening celebrating her 30th birthday with friends in New York, Ashley Sharpton — daughter of Rev. Al Sharpton — was arrested early Saturday evening over an altercation with a cab driver in which she allegedly snatched his keys and shoved him.
According to the New York Daily News, Sharpton and a group of friends got into a cab around 1 AM. Per the cabbie, Georges Coly, all four of the passengers gave him a different destination. He stopped the car out of annoyance and told them he wouldn’t move until they could figure out where they wanted to go.
Sharpton then grabbed the keys out of the ignition, left the vehicle, and threw the keys into the street, per police. Sharpton then pushed and shoved Coly when he approached her asking for the keys. Sharpton then ran off and was later nabbed by cops a couple of hours later. She was given a ticket and allowed to go home. Per police, she wasn’t charged with assault.
When asked by the Daily News about the incident, Rev. Sharpton said his daughter told him “it didn’t happen the way they said it happened.” He also noted that as soon as police found out one of the passengers was his daughter, they made sure “she’s the one that’s going to the precinct.”
“If you’re my child or you’re related to me, you’re guilty until proven innocent,” he added.
On Saturday, Ashley was able to celebrate her birthday at her dad’s National Action Network headquarters. And she got not one but two birthday cakes. So that’s nice.
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