By Jen Heger – Radar Legal Editor
Nick Cassavetes’ request to have a lawsuit dismissed that was filed against him in connection with the Hollywood poker scandal, has been denied by a federal judge, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
Cassavetes is being sued for almost $74k in earnings by a bankruptcy trustee who is trying to recoup losses that were suffered by former clients that invested with Brad Ruderman, who was convicted in a Ponzi scheme.
The court docs state: “This adversary proceeding is not an attempt to enforce a gambling debt owed to Debtor. Rather, the Trustee is seeking to recover a fraudulent transfer to defendant. Consequently, this action is not in contravention of the California policy of courts leaving parties/gamblers where find them. Based on the foregoing, the Court denies the motion.”
It has been alleged that Ruderman hatched the Ponzi scheme to fund his massive losses at poker — the former investment banker lost millions playing high stakes poker games against Hollywood elite, including Cassavetes, Tobey Maguire and Rick Salomon, amongst others.
Cassavetes will now have 30 days to file answers in the lawsuit against him.