Los Angeles police are investigating allegations of elder abuse suffered by Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee.
A restraining order has been filed against Lee’s caretaker and business partner, Keya Morgan, who was arrested on Monday on suspicion of filing a false police report.
It’s the latest development in a strange saga that reached new heights in a Hollywood Reporter story that alleged years of elder abuse against Lee by his close advisers.
On Wednesday, a temporary restraining order was issued against Keya Morgan, a longtime business manager and adviser to Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee. The order revealed that Los Angeles police were investigating claims of elder abuse suffered by the 95-year-old co-creator of Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, and Fantastic Four.
It’s the latest development in a saga that reached new heights in a Hollywood Reporter story published in April. The story uncovered a nasty battle over Lee’s estate, and contained allegations of years of elder abuse.
THR obtained an early February declaration signed by Lee and coordinated by his attorney, Tom Lallas. The document claimed that three men, including Morgan, had tried inserting themselves into Lee’s 67-year-old daughter J.C.’s life in order to take advantage of her and Lee — and then gain control of Lee’s assets, property, and money.
Lee’s estate is worth over $50 million, according to Wednesday’s restraining order.
Lallas filed the restraining order against Morgan on Lee’s behalf. Lallas claimed he was pushed out as Lee’s lawyer in February after Lee (or someone else, as THR noted) changed his mind about the declaration. Lallas said Morgan “inserted himself into Mr. Lee’s life” after the death of Lee’s wife last year. The order claimed Morgan took advantage of Lee’s poor hearing, vision, and judgment; moved Lee from his family home; and prevented his family and associates from contacting him.
On Monday, Morgan was arrested on suspicion of filing a false police report against “burglars” at Lee’s home, who were actually police and a social worker conducting a welfare check on Lee.
But there’s more to this story, and to understand how it got to this point, it’s important to understand other details in THR’s story and what surrounded that report.
Accusations of Lee being taken advantage of
According to THR, Morgan and J.C. began “consolidating their power over Lee” after Lee changed his mind about the declaration. Lee’s longtime assistant Mike Kelly was limited to pre-approved, supervised visits; his longtime housekeeper was fired; and his emails were monitored by Morgan, who even filmed Lee condemning the declaration when Morgan learned that THR had obtained a copy.
At 95, Lee is susceptible to being taken advantage of, but he was even more so after the death of his wife of 70 years Joan last July, THR reported. She was also always better with their daughter, J.C., whose outbursts could turn physical at times, according to THR (she denied a particular allegation of slamming Lee’s head against a chair).
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Source:: Business Insider – Tech