Bryan Lee Glenn, 30, died in August 2009 in his room at the IP Casino Resort and Spa in Biloxi.
Glenn was taking several painkillers, including Percocet and morphine, along with antipsychotic medications. He suffered a traumatic brain injury in a four-wheeler accident in 2004, lost everything in Hurricane Katrina a year later and then injured his back in a 2007 car accident. The suit also claims he had attempted suicide days before he died.
Glenn, his mother and brother had relocated to Virginia after their Long Beach, Miss., home was wiped out. They and a friend had returned to Mississippi to pick up Glenn’s $15,000 check from a settlement from a previous lawsuit and to look for a place to live, AP writes.
But once back at the resort, Glenn began betting up to $1,000 a hand on blackjack and ordering two drinks at a time – whiskey and cola and shots of tequila. The suit says a dealer, pit boss, waitress and security guard were among those who refused to intervene after Glenn was falling down drunk and his family begged the casino to stop serving him.
“He’s old enough to make his own decisions,” the lawsuit claims a pit boss said to Glenn’s brother.
The lawsuit says Glenn had attempted suicide days before his death, was highly intoxicated and became agitated when his family tried to get him to leave the casino. When his friend and relatives finally convinced Glenn to leave, the lawsuit says, a dealer told him he still had chips and said, “‘Aren’t you going to come back and play?’”
He went back to gamble more and met a prostitute, whom he paid for services to be rendered later. When the casino stopped serving Glenn he began to leave with the prostitute, who reached in his pocket and took money. Glenn’s mother argued with the prostitute, then went to a security guard, who made the woman give the money back, according to the lawsuit.
Glenn then went to a casino bar, called the Chill Lounge, and began drinking Long Island iced teas, a drink made with five liquors. His relatives say they asked the bartender to stop serving Glenn, but the relatives then had to leave to take another family member home. Glenn was not in the lounge when they returned. A doorman told his relatives he had been escorted out of the casino by security, the lawsuit says.
His mother, brother and friend found him “half in the bathtub, facing the toilet with his pants around his ankles,” the suit says.
A spokeswoman said the casino does not comment on pending litigation.