Some of the celebrities being sued by Bradley Ruderman, the hedge fund manager who used his clients’ money to pay poker debts, say they are being sued because they won at the poker games.
Celebrities Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Leonardo DiCaprio are said to have been involved in the games, but no suits have been brought against them.
Others, like Welcome Back Kotter star Gabe Kaplan, are sued for their winnings–a policy that targets only those who won money from Ruderman.
“The suit only involves people who won money in games that the man who ran the hedge fund, which turns out to be a Ponzi scheme, was playing in,” he says.
Ruderman allegedly tricked some of the players in the game to invest with him, creating the possibility that some of the players were paid back with money they had given him.
“When this guy came in, he was so convincing, he seemed to have the kind of personality that he didn’t really care that much about the money, and he duped a lot of the people in the poker game to invest money into his fund,” Kaplan says. “I mean he was a mini Madoff.”