WATCH: Head of private daycares' association suing Casino over run-in with security

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."

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  1. Jab posted on 02/05/2014 05:53 PM
    The video is not conclusive. What did mr levesque do before the video ?

    We do not know that.

    So, this is how it works. Regardless of their grounds, when police and/or security staff ask you to leave, you leave or they will transport you out. If you refuse to leave when asked, you may also get hurt in the process.
  2. Mike d posted on 02/05/2014 07:13 PM
    Too bad we did not see the whole thing but maybe next time you should be quiet and leave. Also why are you crying like a baby. Please stop being a drama queen. OMG!!
  3. Murray posted on 02/05/2014 11:06 PM
    Everyone except for separatists should be boycotting the casinos, lottery tix, the SAQ, wherever QC makes $$$. Quebec does not need our $$$. If they can give $250 million to the Bombardier's so they can build a cement plant when there is already excess production in QC, they can live without the $$
  4. elmo posted on 02/08/2014 11:27 PM
    THIS IS NO NEWS to me: its been going on since a long time and i have tried to get heard by the proper executives upon this issue and I tell you that it goes no where because they hide it under the rug. This is a real live event I know for a fact I myself have been harrassed and other clients as well on occassions for no reason , no drinking so alcohol was not a factor and they treat you with no respect they make you feel helpless , they esculate situations for their own benifit to make you look embarrassed , humilated , the culprit and ruin your reputation. The casino is supposed to be a place where you can feel free and enjoy a night of fun filled activity and winning is a plesant surprise which should be allowed to rejoice the lucky win. Another perfect example of harrassment, abuse and over powering a client.Weather u spend 5$ or $500 and then be kicked out is like taking advantage of people cause they know they can and this is very wrong and should be brought to attention cause im sure lots of others who havnt spoken because they make you feel you are nobody. Im glad you videoed this inappropriate act and I hope you do use your evidence to fight your case its about time something is done to show that this is intolerable.
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