WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, says he has settled a suit filed against a Capitol complex cafeteria over an olive pit.
Kucinich sued Restaurant Associates, which operates the Longworth House Office Building cafeteria, its parent company and two food suppliers over an olive pit he bit into that resulted in "serious and permanent dental and oral injuries," USA Today reported.
Court documents said the Ohio liberal sought $150,000 in damages.
Kucinich bought a sandwich wrap containing the olive pit in April 2008. After biting the pit, the lawsuit said, the congressman suffered injuries "requiring multiple surgical and dental procedures," as well as significant pain, suffering and the loss of enjoyment.
The Washington Post said Saturday Kucinich, the most famous vegan in Congress, has settled the suit after six teeth had to be replaced.
The 64-year-old congressman and frequent presidential contender told supporters in a letter he had settled for out-of-pocket expenses for his three surgeries, but the terms were confidential.
"I don't want to have to make another dental visit for a very long time," he told supporters, "and will be making no further comment on this matter."