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FILE - In this April 12, 2011 file photo, director Nick Cassavetes participates in a news conference for the film "Gotti: Three Generations", based on the life of John Gotti, in New York. Cassavettes is being sued for nearly $73,000 plus interest by a bankruptcy trustee attempting to recoup more than $4 million he claims the stars won during illicit poker matches in the Los Angeles area. The trustee is suing on behalf of those bilked by an imprisoned Ponzi scheme architect who allegedly used investors' money to pay off his gambling debts.

LOS ANGELES — An attorney for director Nick Cassavetes says there was nothing improper about a 2007 poker game that sparked a lawsuit over winnings by his client.

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Attorney Ronald Richards said Wednesday he will either seek to resolve the nearly $73,000 claim against Cassavetes for a lower amount or fight the case.

Cassavetes is among several celebrities, including "Spider-Man" actor Tobey Maguire, who have been sued in Los Angeles bankruptcy court.

The legal actions claim the poker matches were played between 2006 and 2009, and that card players won hundreds of thousands of dollars from Bradley Ruderman, architect of a Ponzi scheme.

The lawsuits aim to recoup more than $4 million invested in the scheme.