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 Wednesday 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.