New reports have revealed that Al Sharpton agreed to become an informant for the FBI after they confronted him with videos of him meeting with an undercover agent who he believed was going to sell him drugs.
These new claims contradict the story that Sharpton told when his informant status was made public earlier this week.
Sharpton said that he was threatened by mobsters who felt that he was competing for their handle on the music industry, but new documents made public by The Smoking Gun show that the FBI had tapes of Sharpton trying to buy cocaine from an undercover agent.
In 1983, Sharpton met an agent who was posing as a former South American drug lord and was trying to arrange a way for the man to launder money through boxing promotions that the Reverend could arrange.
At the second of these two meetings with the undercover agent, Sharpton was confronted with the tape of his earlier meeting when he was talking about buying ‘pure coke’ from the ‘druglord’.
The Smoking Gun claims that it was at that point when Sharpton ‘flipped’ and agreed to start working as a paid informant for the FBI.