Po­lice in­ves­ti­gate el­der abuse of Mar­vel mogul Stan Lee, 95

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Los An­ge­les po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­ports of el­der abuse against Stan Lee that come amid a strug­gle over the life and for­tune of the 95-year-old Mar­vel Comics mogul, court doc­u­ments showed Wed­nes­day.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion was re­vealed in a re­strain­ing or­der granted against Keya Mor­gan, who in re­cent months has been act­ing as Lee’s busi­ness man­ager and per­sonal ad­viser.

Mor­gan has in­serted him­self into the life of Lee, ac­cord­ing to the or­der. The fil­ing ac­cuses Mor­gan, 42, of tak­ing ad­van­tage of Lee’s im­paired hear­ing, vi­sion and judg­ment, mov­ing Lee from his long­time fam­ily home and pre­vent­ing fam­ily and as­so­ciates from con­tact­ing him.

Mor­gan was ar­rested on Mon­day for al­legedly fil­ing a false po­lice re­port by call­ing 911 and say­ing bur­glars were in his house when in fact two de­tec­tives and a so­cial worker were con­duct­ing a wel­fare check on Lee.

“I have a very dear friend I take care of who is 95 and um, uh, three uniden­ti­fied peo­ple have gone inside this house and locked the door and locked his se­cu­rity out and I’m very, very scared that they’re harm­ing him,” Mor­gan said on the 911 call made on May 30, ac­cord­ing to a tran­script filed with the re­strain­ing or­der.

At­tempts to reach Mor­gan on Wed­nes­day were not im­me­di­ately suc­cess­ful. An at­tor­ney he hired on a pre­vi­ous crim­i­nal case said he no longer works for Mor­gan, and it’s not clear if he has re­tained a new at­tor­ney. Mor­gan’s cell­phone was no longer ac­cept­ing mes­sages.

Mor­gan’s ar­rest and ouster is the lat­est and most dra­matic move in the fight that has emerged over Lee’s busi­ness and es­ti­mated $50 mil­lion US for­tune since his wife of 69 years, Joan, died in July.

Po­lice have been in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­ports of el­der abuse against Lee since at least Fe­bru­ary, and had is­sued an emer­gency or­der keep­ing Mor­gan from Lee even be­fore Wed­nes­day’s or­der was is­sued.

Lee has for decades been revered as a comic book gi­ant for his cen­tral role in cre­at­ing the In­cred­i­ble Hulk, Spi­der-Man, Iron Man and other ma­jor Mar­vel char­ac­ters. In more re­cent years he has be­come a grand­fa­therly fig­ure over the Mar­vel Cine­matic Uni­verse, with his com­i­cal cameos in each film beloved by fans.

Mor­gan is a mem­o­ra­bilia dealer and Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe ex­pert who be­friended Lee’s daugh­ter and only child, J.C. Lee, and since Fe­bru­ary has in­creas­ingly taken per­sonal con­trol of Lee’s life and house­hold, tak­ing ad­van­tage of Lee’s age to in­flu­ence and iso­late him, Lee’s at­tor­ney Tom Lal­las said in the re­strain­ing or­der re­quest.

He got rid of many who had worked for Lee, in­clud­ing Lal­las, who had been help­ing with Lee’s es­tate plan­ning and other fi­nan­cial mat­ters be­fore his ouster, and has now re­turned.

Mor­gan pre­vented friends, em­ploy­ees and rel­a­tives, even­tu­ally even J.C. Lee, from contact with Lee, po­lice said in re­ports in­cluded with the re­strain­ing or­der.

De­tec­tives said in the re­ports that in in­ter­views Lee ac­knowl­edged that Mor­gan had helped him, but would fre­quently for­get his name when talk­ing about him.


Stan Lee, left, and Keya Mor­gan at the April 23 world pre­mière of Avengers: In­fin­ity War in Los An­ge­les.

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