Tobey Maguire Settles Underground Poker Lawsuit
Tobey Maguire is off the hook.
The 36-year-old Spider-Man star settled a lawsuit last week over his winnings from a convicted con man during high-stakes Hollywood poker games, the Associated Press reports.
Maguire agreed to pay $80,000 to settle the lawsuit. He was paid over $311,000 by convicted Ponzi scheme operator Bradley Ruderman. (Ruderman is currently serving a 10-year prison sentenced after pleading guilty to wire fraud, investment adviser fraud and willful failure to file taxes.)
According to the Associated Press, if approved by a judge next month, Maguire will pay the money to a bankruptcy trustee who is trying to recoup money that Ruderman bilked from investors.
Maguire's settlement states he "strongly disputes that he violated any laws, rules or regulations in regard to participating in the poker games" but was agreeing to the payment to avoid fighting the case, which would be costly.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck were also reportedly tied to the poker games but were not sued.