The LAPD is looking into the claims that Stan Lee, the multi-millionaire co-founder of Marvel Comics, is the victim of elder abuse.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Lee was granted a temporary restraining order against his manager Keya Morgan yesterday, following news that Morgan had been arrested for allegedly falsifying a police report in which claimed Lee was held up in his home by two gunmen demanding money.
Documents in the restraining order case reputedly confirm that the matter of elder abuse is now being investigated.
It’s the latest twist in a series of events which paint a tragic picture of the 95-year-old’s turbulent business and personal life.
An extensive investigation earlier this year by THR put Lee’s $50 million fortune and estate in the hands of ‘bad actors with bad intentions’, who it claimed were seeking to take control of his substantial assets.
Lee with Keya Morgan (Credit: PA)
Among them were Morgan, a memorabilia dealer, Lee’s daughter J.C. and her lawyer Kurt Schenck, and his former business partner Jerardo ‘Jerry’ Olivarez, who is currently being sued over mismanaging Lee’s affairs and being accused of embezzlement.
Among the accusations facing Olivarez is that he fraudulently obtained some of Lee’s blood from his physician, and used it to create Stan Lee ‘DNA ink’ which was printed on memorabilia set to be sold to fans.
It’s claimed that millions have gone missing from Lee’s accounts in recent years, and that a ‘powder-keg’ relationship with J.C. had led to instances of physical abuse.
Lee has previously denied that any abuse is taking place, and as recently as this week took to Twitter to record a video confirming that Morgan is his only partner and business manager.
— stan lee (@TheRealStanLee) June 10, 2018
The man who with artist Jack Kirby conjured up comic book characters from Spider-Man to the Incredible Hulk and the X-Men also filed a billion-dollar lawsuit earlier this year over the sale of his company POW! Entertainment last year to a Hong Kong-based company.
Lee’s attorney claims that the company’s president and its CEO took advantage of him as he grieved over the death of his wife Joan, and made him sign documents he was unable to read to due his failing eyesight.
Speaking to THR in April, a friend of Lee’s said that it was the Marvel genius who is ‘in need of a superhero himself’.