In 2015, Dominique Sharpton, the daughter of civil rights activist Al Sharpton, sued the city of New York for $5 million related to an ankle injury she suffered in 2014. In the lawsuit, Dominique stated that she fell on the street, sprained her ankle, and was severely injured from tripping over uneven pavement in downtown Manhattan.

In an Instagram post after the October 2014 fall, Dominque wrote, “I sprained my ankle real bad lol.” She claimed permanent physical pain from the fall, but, just a few months later, she posted pictures of her wearing high heels and doing other activities that would be physically challenging on a bad ankle. Other photos also surfaced of her hiking in Red Rock Canyon just days after her alleged injury.

Ms. Sharpton later admitted that the injury might not have been as bad as she claimed. Michele Fox, a lawyer with the New York City Law Department, has sent Ms. Sharpton a letter requesting that she turn over all letters and communications related to the fall.

Fox wrote, “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.”