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Tobey Maguire 'to appear in court over gambling ring'

Tobey Maguire - The American actor will be 35 on Saturday


Tobey Maguire has been ordered to appear in court to answer charges resulting from his participation in an illegal gambling ring.

The actor was named in a lawsuit last month for playing unlicensed poker with convicted fraudster Bradley Ruderman.

Maguire's lawyer later denied the accusations on his behalf, insisting that the Spider-Man star had no idea that the gaming was illegal.

While he has admitted to having earned $187,000 (£116,600) in winnings from the games, he has claimed that he should not have to return his winnings as he suffered a loss at Ruderman's hands.

Per documents filed in the US Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles on Monday and obtained by E Online, Maguire and prosecutors have been given until November 30 to prepare their cases.

They must then appear at a trial scheduled for the week of January 30, 2012.

Maguire will soon produce an adaptation of The Little Mermaid that centres on a princess's battle to save her kingdom and win the heart of her prince.
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