Erstwhile Spiderman Tobey Maguire’s trial date in a high-stakes celebrity poker scandal is set for January of 2012, but the actor has filed a counterclaim.
Maguire, 36, is being sued for $300,000 in winnings from games arranged by convicted Ponzi schemer Bradley Ruderman. Tobey, along with Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, came up in the investigation and reportedly flew a private jet to games with a $1 million buy-in. However, Maguire says that the $300,000 he won isn’t much compared to his losses and that he should be able to keep the winnings:
The actor has fired back with a countersuit, insisting the card games were never controlled and did not feature a regular roster of celebrities – as initially reported. Maguire also argued that he should not have to hand back any winnings because he lost just as much money to Ruderman.
Lawyers for both sides in the suit have until around Thanksgiving to submit information for discovery, and evidence submitted in Maguire’s defense so far includes several checks written from accounts he maintains called “Poker Account” and “Poker Account (2.)”