Fans of Marvel comics everywhere will be stunned to learn that Spiderman, in the form of Hollywood actor Tobey Maguire, is being sued for $311,300 by trustees of a bankruptcy case concerning disgraced Beverly Hills hedge fund manager Brad Ruderman.
Ruderman was convicted in 2009 of defrauding investors of $44 million in a Ponzi investment scheme and confessed to losing $5.2 million in high-stakes poker games played in Beverly Hills hotel rooms. Of the $5.2 million, it is claimed $311,300 was won by Tobey “Spiderman” Maguire, including one single hand in which Maguire won $110,000.
Although the lawsuit acknowledges that Maguire was unaware that his winnings came from fraudulent activities, it claims that the games themselves were illegal as they were organised by a paid event-planner. Admission to the game was by invitation only, and other well-known stars who participated (but are not being sued) include Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Leonardo De Caprio.
Representatives of Tobey Maguire have not yet officially commented on the lawsuit – an announcement is expected this week – but the lawsuit does appear to be flippant in the extreme. To quote one of Maguire´s lines from the Spiderman film, “Where’d you get the idea from… Scooby-Doo?”
As the great Marvel comics of the 70´s and 80´s would often conclude “To be continued … …”