Los Angeles police are investigating if Marvel Comics mogul Stan Lee has been a victim of elder abuse by his business manager and caretaker.
Lee's attorney Tom Lallas filed a restraining order against the manager Keya Morgan, which was granted Wednesday. Morgan has been managing business and care for Lee, 95, since February, according to The Associated Press.
“Mr. Lee has a large estate worth over $50 million and therefore is vulnerable to financial predators,” Lallas wrote in the restraining order declaration.
The order claims Morgan, 42, has been increasingly taking advantage of the age, impaired hearing and vision of the man who created iconic characters like Iron Man, Spider-Man and Black Panther.It also accuses Morgan of isolating Lee from his family and former business associates.
Morgan was arrested Monday for filing a false police report. He allegedly called 911 on May 30 to report a home invasion. But the home invaders were merely detectives and a social worker who were conducting a welfare check on Lee.
In addition to investigating Morgan for months, police had also issued an emergency order to keep Morgan from Lee before the restraining order was issued on June 11, according to a press release from Lallas, obtained by Oxygen.com. It’s unclear when that emergency order was made. Police said that Lee told them Morgan was helping him, but Lee also struggled to remember Morgan's name.
On Sunday Lee posted a video to his Twitter account in which he stated that Morgan was his only partner and representative, “for the record.”
"Anybody else who claims to be my rep is just making that story up," Lee said in the clip.
Morgan retweeted that video.
Morgan’s Twitter bio says he is a filmmaker and historian who is working on a book and movie about Marilyn Monroe as well as a “co-creator with Stan Lee."
On his website, Morgan says he was friends with Monroe’s former husbands Arthur Miller and James Dougherty. The site also says Morgan possesses the largest Monroe collection in the world in addition to the “world’s largest collections of both Ulysses S. Grant and Abraham Lincoln manuscripts, artifacts, and original photographs.”
A 2011 CNN story reported that Morgan is a noted collector of artifacts and memorabilia, and was also a friend of Michael Jackson.
Lee has been the victim of multiple alleged theft cases over the past year, and reported that $1.4 million was stolen from him in February. In January, he claimed that $850,000 was stolen from one of his accounts to buy a condo, TMZ reported. In December, Lee filed another police report stating that $350,000 was gone from an account.
Lee was accused of sexual misconduct in April by a Chicago-area masseuse who claimed he touched her inappropriately twice in 2017. Lee denied the allegations, according to the Chicago Tribune. She filed a lawsuit against Lee seeking is seeking more than $50,000 in damages for each of the two alleged incidents.
Morgan is serving two years of probation for making criminal threats in an unrelated case, according to the AP. Morgan did not immediately return requests for comment from Oxygen.com.
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