Janon Fisher, New York Post, Jan. 21, 2007
The landlord of the Harlem building where the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network was based is suing the group for $40,000 in back rent, court records say.
But Sharpton claims it’s the landlord that owes him twice that amount for the security and rent the group paid on an auditorium they couldn’t use because of a 2003 office fire.
The lawyer for the landlord said Sharpton was a deadbeat tenant well before the fire.
“He usually comes up with the money after we get a marshal and threaten to kick him out,” said Benjamin Kaplan, the lawyer for 1941-1947 Madison Avenue Associates.
He said the office at 52 E. 125th St. was left a shambles when Sharpton’s people bolted.