The Rev. Al Sharpton, along with his nonprofit National Action Network and two for-profit firms, have $4.7 million in outstanding debt and liens, according to federal and state tax records, the New York Post reported on Sunday.
Among the debts include $806,875 that Sharpton owes the state, along with $2.6 million in federal liens against him for unpaid personal income taxes, the Post stated.
Recent filings showed the National Action Network owed $813,576 to the federal government at the end of 2012, and his company Rev-Al Communications owes $447,826 to the state, while the Bo-Spanky Consulting firm has $18.21 in outstanding debt, according to the Post.
Sharpton told the Post he’s paying down the debts according to negotiated agreements.
“It’s significantly less. It’s nowhere near the millions of dollars. We have totally lived up to our agreement with them,” Sharpton the Post. “It’s being paid down.”
In 1987, the controversial preacher stood by then-15-year-old Wappingers Falls resident Tawana Brawley’s side after she was found in a trash bag, covered in feces and racial slurs.
She claimed she was abducted and raped by a group of white men, among them Steven Pagones, who was a prosecutor with the Dutchess County’s District Attorney’s Office.