Tobey Maguire has issued a formal statement in response to the lawsuit served on him last week accusing him of participating in illegal poker games in Hollywood. In documents filed at the L.A. Supreme Court, Maguire states that he “unconditionally denies having engaged in any conduct whatsoever in violation of law and further categorically denies having knowingly or intentionally participated in any fraudulent scheme.”
The lawsuit was instigated on behalf of thousands of investors, scammed in a ponzi scheme by discredited hedge fund manager, Bradley Ruderman. It was claimed that Ruderman lost investor´s money to Maguire and others and, although the suit acknowledged that Maguire had no knowledge that his winnings were from a fraudulent source, alleged that the games were in breach of Californian laws which prohibit any “controlled” poker game without a license.
Maguire´s denial follows claims that he and A-list friends such as Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Leonardo Di Caprio hosted hi-roller games of poker in Hollywood hotels which were open to other players by invitation only. It was in one of these games that Ruderman allegedly lost more than $300,000 of his investor´s money, and now trustees for the investors are trying to recover their money.
His response goes onto say that he did not know whether or not the poker games were controlled games, or whether the venues at which he was playing were licensed to host them. All he was aware of was that he was accepting invitations to play poker.