New York City lawyers have told Dominique Sharpton, the daughter of Rev. Al Sharpton, not to delete photos on her Instagram account that show her climbing a mountain after she filed a $5 million lawsuit against the city.
Sharpton’s lawsuit against New York City’s Transportation and Environmental Protection departments was filed on May 7, Opposing Views previously reported. In the suit, she claims a sprained ankle she sustained walking through a downtown crosswalk left her with “internal and external injuries to the whole body, lower and upper limbs, the full extent of which are unknown, permanent pain and mental anguish."
She claims she “still suffers and will continue to suffer for some time physical pain and bodily injuries.”
Sharpton posted photos on her private Instagram account, MsSharpton2U, of a hike she took on the top of a mountain in Bali after filing the suit. The caption read: “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.”
The New York City Law Department sent Sharpton a letter telling her not to delete any photos on her social media accounts, the New York Post reports.
“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,” the city’s administration lawyer, Michele Fox, wrote in the 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.”
Inquisitr reports that a photo shared on Nov. 3, 2014, one month after her injury, has been deleted from Sharpton’s account. The photo was taken when Sharpton was in Ashbury Park, New Jersey, with National Action Network, encouraging people to vote.
According to Sharpton’s lawyer, John Elefterakis, she “has been forthcoming and transparent throughout this case with regard to her capabilities despite her pain."
"Ms. Sharpton does not require a letter to instruct her to save pictures which she has freely made available to the public," he added.
As of Friday, Sharpton’s Instagram and Twitter accounts were still active and the hiking pictures had not been deleted.
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