Tobey Maguire Entangled in Gambling Web
A lawsuit has been filed against 'Spider-Man' actor Tobey Maguire in response to his alleged involvement in an unlicensed gambling ring.
The court papers filed in Los Angeles allege high profile and wealthy individuals were invited to participate in Texas Hold'em poker games at luxury hotels and private residences in Los Angeles, allegedly arranged by a woman identified as Molly Bloom. The plaintiff, Howard M. Ehrenberg, has gone after Maguire for $311,200 plus interest that this civil lawsuit claims he won in these poker games in question.
Ehrenberg is a bankruptcy trustee representing investors tricked into a reported Ponzi scheme, constructed by Bradley Ruderman. Ruderman is accused of using investors' money to finance the winnings in these alleged poker tournaments.
Maguire's attorney and rep could not be reached for comment. The major Hollywood star is not the only notable name allegedly involved in this underground casino. Director of 'The Notebook' Nick Cassavetes, "Welcome Back Kotter" star Gabe Kaplan, and billionaire businessman Alec Gores also supposedly took part in the high-rolling card games.
Gores' attorney, Patricia Glaser, told ET, "Alec Gores has not been accused of doing anything wrong nor has he done anything wrong. And there was nothing improper about the poker game that is the subject of this lawsuit. Mr. Gores will either successfully resolve the claim against him or successfully defend against the claim." Glaser would not comment "at this time" in regards to Kaplan, who she is also reportedly representing.
Meanwhile, Cassevetes' lawyer told the Associated Press that his client didn't engage in any wrongdoing. He may attempt to settle for a lesser figure or fight the charges altogether.
Ehrenberg is seeking to recover more than $4 million in cash prizes from a total of 22 accused participants.