Sylvain Lévesque, the head of the association of private daycares, says he's "shocked" and "humiliated" by his treatment at the hands of security guards at the Montreal Casino Friday night.
The incident, which saw him wrestled to the ground and handcuffed, left him with scratches on his arms, and, Lévesque says, damage to his reputation.
Now, he's hired a lawyer, and intends to take the Casino to court.
He and his partner spent an evening at the Casino on Friday. At one point, the woman next to her was screaming in celebration, after having won $360. He says he offered her a glass of white wine in the spirit of the moment.
He then went to the washroom, and when he returned, he found a group of casino security personnel speaking with the woman. They were apparently responding to a noise complaint.
Lévesque says he intervened in the conversation, and was quickly shouted down by one of the guards. As the discussion wore on, he was ordered to leave the Casino, and says the guards started roughing him up a few moments later, grabbing him by the arms.
"I then asked him to stop," he said. "I made a quick movement to try and free myself, and that's when they wrestled me to the ground.
"It my reputation. I didn't do anything. I didn't push anyone. Now they're saying I'm a dangerous client."
He was also accused of being drunk. He says he wasn't.
"I had two beers. Please."