"Spider-Man" star Tobey Maguire and other celebrities have been caught in a web of lawsuits seeking to reclaim more than $4 million won during unlicensed poker matches at upscale Beverly Hills hotels, court records show.
The lawsuits were filed by a bankruptcy trustee attempting to recoup money for investors who were duped in a Ponzi scheme, The Associated Press reports.
The legal actions claim the clandestine Texas Hold 'Em matches were played between 2006 and 2009, with some of the money taken in the Ponzi scheme used to pay off debts incurred by its architect, Bradley Ruderman.
Maguire is being sued for $311,000 plus interest that the lawsuit says was won from Ruderman. In all, 22 people have been individually sued to try to recoup money. Among them was director Nick Cassavetes. The trustee is attempting to recover nearly $73,000 plus interest from the actor-director. TMZ reported that Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon also took part in the poker matches, but they were not being sued.
Maguire's attorney, Robert Barta, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment but was expected to file a response to the suit later this week. Cassavetes' agent Jeff Berg also did not immediately respond to a phone message.
Ruderman was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison earlier this year after pleading guilty to two counts of wire fraud, two counts of investment adviser fraud and willful failure to file taxes.