95-year-old comic book legend, Stan Lee, and his troubled relationship with his only child, 67-year-old J.C. Lee has led to allegations against the latter. The younger Lee is accused of inflicting both physical and psychological abuse upon her father, as well as her mother, Joan Lee, prior to Joan's death in July of last year.
An in-depth report by The Hollywood Reporter contains a notarized document from February 13, 2018, where Stan Lee signed a declaration at the office of his then-attorney, Tom Lallas, where Lee accused three men, Jerardo “Jerry” Olivarez (Lee's primary caregiver at the time), Keya Morgan (Lee's current primary caregiver) and Kirk Schenck (J.C. Lee's attorney) of taking advantage of J.C. in an attempt to “gain control over my assets, property and money.”
Within days, however, Lallas was out as as Lee's attorney and a number of other people in Lee's life were also removed (a new attorney, a new accountant, a new assistant, a new housekeeper and a new gardener) as Morgan's control over Lee's life continued. Morgan released a video of Lee from April 7, where Lee denounces the previously-signed declaration. In the video, Lee states, "My relationship with my daughter has never been better, and my friend Keya Morgan and I also have a great relationship."
The most shocking claims from the report, though, are the allegations that J.C. Lee committed elder abuse. According to THR, Stan Lee's former business and asset manager, Bradley J. Herman, recounted a 2014 incident where J.C. arrived at her parents' home, pleased to see a new Jaguar convertible in the driveway. She assumed that the car had been purchased for her, but after learning that it was only leased (and in her father's name), she flew into what Herman described as a rage. Her mother (then 92 years old) told J.C. that if this was how she was going to react, then they would just keep the car themselves. J.C. allegedly responded by grabbing her mother's arm and throwing her against a window, with Joan then falling to the floor.
Stan (then 91 years old) reportedly shouted at his daughter, “I’m going to stick you in a little apartment and take away all your credit cards! I’ve had it, you ungrateful bitch!” Herman then claims that J.C. grabbed her father's head and smashed it into the wooden back of the chair he was sitting on. THR notes that it has photos detailing Joan Lee's injuries. Herman explained that Stan and Joan asked him to not pursue the matter with the police.
Former caregivers also note in the report how J.C. Lee will repeatedly call her father throughout the day to berate him and ask for more money. In the February 13, 2018 declaration, Stan Lee states, " “It is not uncommon for J.C. to charge, in any given month, $20,000 to $40,000 on credit cards, sometimes more." Lee also stated that when she disagrees with him, she “typically yells and screams at me and cries hysterically if I do not capitulate.”
The story also details a power struggle between Jerardo “Jerry” Olivarez, Keya Morgan and Lee's former road manager, Max Anderson. According to the report, Morgan and J.C. Lee have ultimately "won" the power struggle over the influence over Lee and his large fortune (estimated between $50 million and $70 million). Recent reports from fans at the Silicon Valley Comic Con (from April 6-8, 2018) described Lee's brief attendance as disturbing, with the creator seemingly appearing to be pushed around against his will, the most common comparison was to the film Weekend at Bernie's. Morgan claims, “Stan Lee repeated countless times how much he enjoyed his trip.”
It is possible that the publicity from all of these matters might lead to an outside conservatorship, but at the moment, Morgan and J.C. Lee remain in control of the life of one of America's living icons.