It was the weekend of her thirtieth birthday, and Reverend Al Sharpton’s daughter, Ashley, thought she could let loose a little. But when she did, she got a bit aggressive. Now video has been released that shows the daughter of the reverend, smacking and cursing out a New York City cab driver. The full footage has been published by the New York Daily News and it was likely filmed by someone traveling with Ashley Sharpton. But it certainly shows that Rev. Al Sharpton’s daughter has a temper that she does not readily control.
The situation began when Ashley Sharpton and her companion got into George Coly’s New York City cab and began giving him terrible directions. Because the driver was confused, he pulled over and asked Ashley and her companion to leave his cab.
But then things get strange. Someone took Coly’s car key. And he started to get perturbed.
“You have my key!” Coly says. He then starts to call the police on Rev. Al Sharpton’s daughter because she stole his key from him.
But Sharpton denies the allegation. And then she charges at the cab driver and threatens him with her hands.
Yet Coly stands firm against the young woman, despite her entitled attitude.
However, Sharpton makes a threat of her own, “If you put your hands on me it’s going to really be a problem.”
The group, thought to be intoxicated, then goes into the busy New York City street looking for another cab. Meanwhile, Coly is still missing his key. He keeps looking for it and calls the police while engaging in the search.
Suddenly, Coly erupts in rage. He pushes one of Sharpton’s companions. Sharpton then stands up to the cab driver again, calling him a “b****” and then shoving him back, apparently.
Then one of Sharpton’s companions speaks to Coly saying, “You gotta relax with your hands… Stop with your hands, or we’ll get it popping.”
That night Sharpton was arrested. She was charged with petty larceny, the New York Daily News reported.
Because his daughter was in trouble, Reverend Al Sharpton spoke about the situation:
“She told me it didn’t happen the way they said it happened, but I can’t speak for a 30-year-old woman,” Rev. Al Sharpton told the Daily News.
A few hours later, Sharpton told his followers that Ashley was targeted by police because she is his daughter – not because of the crime she committed.
“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,” Sharpton told the agitated 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.”
Before Ashley got in trouble on the streets of New York, Sharpton posted about her birthday on Friday.
“Happy Birthday to my youngest, Ashley,” Rev. Al Sharpton tweeted Friday. “A strong black woman and committed activist. So proud to be your Dad.”