Tobey Maguire is going all in on one of the stranger celebrity scandals of 2011.
The actor is accused of winning over $300,000 in allegedly illegal poker games ran by Bradley Ruderman, a man serving time in jail for organizing a Ponzi scheme. But Maguire has filed papers that insist he did no wrong.
In his response to the lawsuit filed last week, the former Spider-Man star says the gambling took place in "controlled games," which obligated the host to have a license. He goes on to deny any role in defrauding those from whom Ruderman took money.
The documents acknowledge Maguire's role in various poker nights, but denies they were comprised of a "regular roster of players consisting of wealthy celebrities, entrepreneurs, attorneys and businessmen."
It's certainly an unexpected web in which Maguire has found himself entangled.