New York City attorneys warned Dominique Sharpton, daughter of MSNBC host Al Sharpton, to preserve all the Instagram photos she took during her arduous climb to a mountain summit summit while alleging in a lawsuit that she suffered from permanent injuries to her ankle.
Sharpton, 28, filed her May 7 lawsuit seeking $5 million in damages, based on a spill she allegedly took late last year on a New York City street that left her “severely injured, bruised and wounded.” According to the complaint, Sharpton “still suffers and will continue to suffer for some time physical pain and bodily injuries.”
But then miraculously she was able to climb the Bali mountain in Indonesia and offer proof of her feat in a May 16 Instagram post.
“We hiked UP the mountain, over the clouds… into the SUNRISE,” Sharpton said in the post.
“One of the most beautiful sites ever. And YES I ALMOST DIED GETTING UP THERE LOL. #Balidays we made it, WHEW.”
Now the city, the named defendant in the lawsuit, wants to make sure nothing happens to those photographs, according to the New York Post.
“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,” New York City lawyer Michele Fox wrote in a May 20 letter filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, according to the Post.
“This demand should be construed broadly to encompass materials related to plaintiff’s health, mobility, activity or physical limitations after the alleged incident.”
The letter also warns Sharpton not to touch her “cameras (digital and non-digital) e-mails, text messages, cellular phones, tablets and any other device.”
The Post reported:
As of Friday, Sharpton’s Instagram and Twitter accounts were still active and the damning posts had not been removed.
Manhattan attorney David Jaroslawicz, who is not involved in the case, said Sharpton may see no more than $5,000 if her case goes to trial because she broke a cardinal rule for personal-injury plaintiffs: “Stay off Instagram!”
The jig, as they say, is up.
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