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'Hangover 2' Star

I Ain't Giving Back

Poker Winnings

6/22/2011 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Hangover 2" star Nick Cassavetes says he ain't returning a single cent of the $73,000 he allegedly won from a convicted Ponzi-schemer during several celebrity-filled poker matches.

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Cassavetes' lawyer is firing back against allegations the actor "improperly received funds" during the high-stakes poker games involving crooked hedge fund manager Bradley Ruderman -- who's now serving time in prison.

According to his lawyer, Nick will fight any efforts to recover the $73k from him -- because he feels he won it fair and square.

As we previously reported, several celebrities including Tobey Maguire and Paris Hilton's sex tape partner Rick Salomon are being sued for the same reason -- as trustees in Ruderman's bankruptcy case scramble to recover the con man's money ... to repay his victim's.

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31.

Jasper    

I'm assuming nobody paid taxes on any of the money exchanged. Typical Hollywood leftists: Taxes are for those dumb hicks in middle America, not Hollywood millionaires.

1030 days ago
32.

Carl    

While I think it is silly that private poker games are illegal, I think Nick is being stupid. My guess is that the DA will come back with something along the lines of "give the money back or we arrest you for illegal gambling"

1030 days ago
33.

Cujeaux    

Finally an example of how ridiculous neck tats will look when you get older. The sad thing is he probably just got them recently.
He thinks he's a basass with his gambling winnings and being on HO2. What was he before that movie, a used car salesman?

1029 days ago
34.

RabbleRouser    

If the poker games were illegal, then the 'contact' (winner takes all) is not enforceable.

Not to mention, the money is STOLEN.

If I buy a stolen item and it recovered by the police, I can't keep it claiming I paid for it.

1029 days ago
35.

OooooNooo!    

What a tool! He won stolen money fair and square in an illegal poker game. Douche.

1029 days ago
36.

kmdguy    

He can kick and scream all he wants. The US Trustee WILL win because the money he received was illegally stolen from others. Look at the countless stories of recent ponzi schemers. The innocent investors who received dividend checks early in the scheme all were forced to return those dividends in order to help compensate all the other investors who were fleeced.

This guy needs to shut up, use some common sense, and do the right thing by returning that money back to the US Trustee to make his job easier. By doing so he acknowledges and respects the victims of the crook he played poker with, and doesn't come off looking like a penny pinching douche bag.

1029 days ago
37.

RabbleRouser    

@WaxOnWhacksOff

There is nothing self righteous about it. He might have won the game, but he received stolen property. He's not entitled to keep what isn't rightfully his.

Of course the ******* who actually stole it and gambled with it is to blame which is why he is bring charged criminally. This is a civil action.

Now go wax off why dontcha.

1029 days ago
38.

en Todo Momento!!    

so the going superior logic here is: "oh, sure....durrrr...i can easily steal something and not have any legal problem or legal persecution to regain whatever IIIIIII!!!! stole.... i'll just give it to 'a friend' and then i am on a safe base!! the law will only go after 'my friend', for whatever i stole, not after me, because as the genius that i am, of course i am 'broke' ;D....." durrr. i really do wonder how effin retarded you have to be to follow such 'logic'. and i'm sure these folks have bred. yikes. harvard's calling, i can see it now.

1029 days ago
39.

en Todo Momento!!    

JustAphag logic sounds like one of them retarded sketches in some dumbass charlie chaplin movie, where the 'silly criminal genius' points the chasing police in the direction of the 'innocent bystander', and they ignorantly chase them in the wrong direction, while he walks away smoothly, counting his cash. broke idiot.

1029 days ago
40.

John Galt    

What about the money that the ponzi-schemer won? Is he giving that back to his poker buddies or the victims of his ponzi-scheme?

1029 days ago
41.

mike     

hugh jass your dad had a very bad lawyer

1026 days ago
42.

MsRita    

HOW IS IT FAIR AND SQUARE WHEN IT WAS NOT HIS MONEY.


LET ME PUT IT THIS WAY. IF YOU WERE ONE OF THE PEOPLE BEING SCAMMED WOULD YOU WANT A PERSON THAT HAS SOME OF THE MONEY TO GIVE IT BACK.

WAIT UNTIL THE IRS PUTS A FREEZE ON ALL YOUR BANK ACCOUNTS.

1026 days ago
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