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Detroit — Monica Conyers wasn't loving it when she went to McDonald's on New Year's Day. And now she's suing for $25,000.

The former Detroit city councilwoman alleges she cut her finger on a chair on Jan. 1 at the restaurant inside Detroit Metropolitan Airport before catching a flight to Washington D.C.

She was en route to attend the swearing-in ceremony of her husband, U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, said her attorney, Amir Makled of Dearborn.

"Plaintiff sat down to eat at a table inside McDonald's, and grabbed the side of the chair to adjust her seat and pull her chair under the table," according to a suit filed Thursday in Third Circuit Court.

"While pulling herself under the table, Plaintiff felt a sharp pain in the ring finger of her right hand, screamed in pain and jumped out of the seat."

The chair may not have been properly assembled and Conyers suffered an "extremely painful" cut that caused her to lose a fingernail, Makled said.

The suit says Conyers rushed to the counter and was helped by police and paramedics who provided her "with sterile alcohol pads and gauze." Conyers made the flight to D.C., sought medical attention and now is "severely injured," the suit said.

The suit against franchise owner Jamjomar Inc. alleges Conyers suffered "extreme pain and anguish" and has lost the full use of her hand.

Conyers was one of the most memorable council members in recent years, grabbing headlines for sparring with colleagues and referring to former Council President Ken Cockrel Jr. as "Shrek."

She served one term, pleaded guilty to corruption charges in 2010 and was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison for accepting money in exchange for her vote on a $1 billion sludge-hauling deal.

Conyers was released in 2013 and briefly worked as a receptionist and gofer at a Corktown auto body shop. She's since kept a low profile, appearing with her husband at events such as the funeral this year of UAW Vice President General Holiefield.

Efforts to reach Jamjomar was unsuccessful. The company owns 15 McDonald's in Michigan and Louisiana and is owned by Jim Thrower, a former Detroit Lions player.

JKurth@detroitnews.com

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