Rev. Al Sharpton’s daughter’s birthday celebration ended in handcuffs early Saturday after she attacked a cabbie in Midtown, police sources said.
Ashley Sharpton, 30, is facing charges of petty larceny and criminal possession of stolen property after she allegedly grabbed the keys from a cabbie on W. 48th and Ninth Ave., then shoved and punched the cab driver when he demanded them back.
“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. His daughter couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.
The clash began just before 1 a.m. on W. 48th St. and Ninth Ave. when Sharpton and three pals jumped into a cab but all gave the cab driver different destinations.
Annoyed, the confused cabbie stopped his car until his passengers could figure out where they were going.
That’s when Sharpton, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, snatched his keys from the ignition, according to cops. She jumped out of the car and threw the keys – which the cabbie didn’t see.
The cab driver approached her, demanding his keys back, when she began shoving him, according to police sources.
Sharpton then ran off. Cops caught up with her about two hours later on W. 46th St. and took her into custody.
She was given a desk appearance ticket and sent home.
Sharpton celebrated her 30th birthday Friday according to her father’s Twitter feed.
“Happy Birthday to my youngest, Ashley,” Rev. Al Sharpton wrote. “A strong black woman and committed activist. So proud to be your Dad.”