Hedge Funder Who Lost Clients' Millions In Hollywood Poker Games Confirms Yankees Star Alex Rodriguez Played (EXCLUSIVE)
Convicted fraudster Bradley Ruderman, who embezzled $25 million of his clients’ money and used $5.2 million of it to pay off monster poker debts to a slew of high-profile Hollywood identities, has confessed in a deposition that New York Yankees star Alex Rodriquez played in the games, Celebuzz has learned.
In an exclusive statement, leading Hollywood-based lawyer Ronald Richards -- who represents a number of defendants being sued to recover Ruderman's poker losses -- told Celebuzz: "I will confirm that Ruderman testified and confirmed for the first time under oath that Alex Rodriquez played in one of the games."
The deposition was conducted Thursday at a prison in Taft, Calif., as part of the court appointed trustees' case against Richards' clients and others.
The sensational development comes seven months after Major League Baseball officials interviewed the Yankees third baseman about claims that he played in high stakes private games that were frequented by A-Listers, including actor Tobey Maguire.
"He (Ruderman) acknowledged that Maguire was the one who brought him into the game and that he played with A-Rod," added Richards, who participated in the questioning.
The league decided not to suspend Rodriguez, 36, last August.
At the time, A-Rod's spokesman, Richard Rubenstein, denied that the Yankee played in any of the games connected to crooked Ponzi mastermind Ruderman, who embezzled $25 million of his clients’ money to pay off monster debts to a host of players, including Maguire and The Notebook director Nick Cassavetes.
"Mr. Rodriguez has not participated in these poker games," he said.
However, multiple eyewitnesses at the game confirmed that Rodriguez was involved, albeit his participation was limited.
When confronted with specific evidence about the games he played in, Rubenstein, at the time, refused to comment further beyond saying: “I am not prepared to comment any further about alleged sightings."
In November, 36-year-old Maguire, who generated a reputed income of $25 million per film as Spiderman, settled a lawsuit that sought repayment of hundreds of thousands of dollars he allegedly won in the top secret games at Beverly Hills luxury hotels.
Celebuzz is seeking comment from Rodriquez and the MLB.
Previously, the slugger had been admonished by baseball's top brass for his gambling and vowed to stop.
Ruderman is jailed until 2018 on two counts of wire fraud and two counts of investment adviser fraud.