Ashley Sharpton, the daughter of Rev. Al Sharpton, was celebrating her 30th birthday when she got into it with a cab driver.
She’s now facing charges of petty larceny and criminal possession of stolen property for allegedly grabbing the keys from the driver and punching him when he asked for 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 Saturday morning.
But hours later, during his weekly National Action Network rally at the group’s Harlem headquarters, Rev. Sharpton claimed she was targeted by police because she’s his daughter.
“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,” the firebrand civil rights leader told the 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.”
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.
When the driver approached her demanding his keys back she began shoving him, he told police.
Sharpton ran off but cops caught up with her about two hours later on W. 46th St. and took her into custody.
Cops gave her a desk appearance ticket and sent her home.
It could be a conspiracy, or Ashley could’ve acted the fool — we’re guessing it’s some combination of both.