Dominique Sharpton, the eldest child of Al Sharpton, scored a $95,000 settlement from New York city over a sprained ankle she suffered in 2015, claiming she permanently injured her ankle after she fell on a Manhattan street reports the NY Post.
The 32-year-old Brooklyn resident was heavily criticized after posting snaps of herself on social media dancing, wearing high heels, and climbing a mountain in Bali. It took nearly four years, but defense attorneys finally “determined that settling this case was in the best interest of the city,” said a spokesman for the city Law Department.
The case was settled after the city admitted to being aware of the cracked pavement in the crosswalk at Broadway and Broome Street but made no effort to fix it.
Sharpton sued the city in April 2015 for $5 million after she claimed to have “severely” injured her right leg on the pavement. Her lawyer, John Elefterakis, said the “case was always about fair compensation for Ms. Sharpton’s ankle injury, which we contend was a result of the city’s negligence.”
“Despite unfair treatment in the press, this settlement reflects the reasonableness of Ms. Sharpton, who was willing to settle her meritorious claim for a fair amount based on all factors,” he said.
As reported by the New York Post, the payout surprised legal experts like Manhattan litigator Elizabeth Eilender, who said: “That sounds like a very generous settlement under the circumstances.”
And one longtime personal-injury attorney asked incredulously, “For a sprained ankle they paid $95,000?”
“Sounds like a f- -king de Blasio administration settlement to me. It’s really worth about half that, not even, maybe $25,000 or $35,000,” said the lawyer, who asked not to be identified.
The legal shakedown resembles Al Sharpton’s reported use of boycott threats against large companies like McDonald’s and Macy’s to generate large donations.