Real estate executive and sports agent Dwight Manley has filed a lawsuit against MGM Resorts International, alleging that he was drugged with a substance used by veterinarians to sedate animals while playing blackjack in the MGM Grand’s private gambling salon. Manley, who holds high-roller status with the company, filed an amended complaint in July and has now offered a $500,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for drugging him.
According to the lawsuit, Manley received an invitation from his casino host in November 2021 to visit Las Vegas in December. He, along with his girlfriend and three friends, were flown to Las Vegas in a company plane and provided luxury car transport. They stayed at the MGM Mansion and engaged in table games and a poker tournament.
Manley claims that on the day of the incident, he entered the MGM Mansion high-limit gaming salon and ordered a drink. However, he alleges that the drink tasted bitter and left him feeling disoriented. While playing, he shattered an ashtray, cut his hand, and bled on the table felt without realizing it. MGM personnel moved him to a different blackjack table but did not call for medical assistance.
Despite his alleged erratic behavior, Manley claims that he was given credit markers totaling $3 million and allowed to continue playing. He later collapsed in his room and woke up the next day feeling nauseous and groggy. Medical analysis of his hair revealed the presence of ketamine, a dissociative anesthesia drug.
Manley’s lawsuit accuses MGM Resorts International of negligence, unfair or deceptive trade practices, unjust enrichment, and breach of implied covenant. The company has not commented on the lawsuit. Manley seeks unspecified damages in excess of $75,000.
In an effort to find those responsible for drugging him, Manley has established a website and offered a $500,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Tips can be emailed to email@example.com.