Harry Reid testifies eye injury cut short his Senate career
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid has testified that his political career was cut short by a 2015 eye injury that he blames on an exercise band maker.
The 79-year-old longtime Democratic leader told a jury hearing his lawsuit Friday that his eye and face injuries were “the main factor” in not seeking a sixth Senate term in 2016.
Reid told jurors Thursday that he spun and fell face-first against cabinets in his bathroom when a flexible TheraBand device he’d looped around a shower door handle slipped from his grip as he exercised.
A company lawyer says Reid misused the device and the company isn’t at fault.
Reid is suing Ohio-based Hygenic Corp. for damages. He claims civil negligence and failure to warn the public that the device is dangerous.
This story has been corrected to show that Reid also testified Thursday.