After ruining the life of a New York prosecutor falsely accused of raping Tawana Brawley, Al Sharpton was sued for defamation. Shortly thereafter, he was sued again, this time for $65,000 still owing from the first lawsuit. Though Sharpton claimed not to have $65,000, few observers believed him: In December 2000, Sharpton swore before the court that he possessed nothing but his wedding ring and watch -- literally. He merely had "access," he claimed, to the expensive clothes which he was invariably spotted wearing. He did not own a home, he said, claiming that he lived where he worked and vice versa. He did not explain how his two daughters had managed to pay their private-school tuitions.
Some time later, Sharpton announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination. "Can you picture the moment when all the candidates have to release their income tax returns?" GQ's Margaret Carlson mused. "The reverend might not have any returns to show. He pleaded guilty to tax evasion in 1993."