According to Deadline, Morgan was arrested in Arizona on Saturday in a joint effort by Los Angeles Police Department Commercial Crimes detectives and Scottsdale/Phoenix police. Morgan allegedly isolated Lee from his friends and family and is being charged with with crimes including false imprisonment, fraud and forgery. Bail has been set at $300,000.
“Mr. Lee had a large estate worth over an estimated $50 million with no clear protection from opportunists who could insert themselves into his life and take control of it,” the LAPD said. “It had been revealed that no one had clear legal authority to act on Mr. Lee’s behalf; yet, Morgan exerted his control and influence over Lee... Morgan will go before a judge and eventually be extradited to Los Angeles to face charges."
According to a petition for a restraining order against Morgan, the collector of pop-culture memorabilia moved the 95-year-old Lee from his home in the Hollywood Hills to an apartment for three days. Referring to the event, the LAPD said, “Morgan removed Lee from his Hollywood Hills residence to a secured Beverly Hills condominium during the late night hours of June 8, 2018. Morgan was using this tactic to further deceive Lee into believing he was in danger and needed to be moved from his home to a more secured condominium where Morgan had more control over Lee.”
It was during that time that Lee made a video declaring Morgan was his only partner and business manager, and that all others were making false claims. Within days, Lee petitioned for a restraining order and Morgan was arrested on charges of filing a false police report. Morgan insisted last year the accusations were a "witch hunt" orchestrated by Lee's daughter and an attorney, and denied any wrongdoing.
The Hollywood Reporter first detailed accusations of physical and psychological elder abuse against Lee's daughter, J.C. Lee in April 2018. The exposé revealed that Stan Lee had signed a declaration in February that three men, including Morgan, had attempted to take advantage of his daughter in an attempt to “gain control over my assets, property and money.” However, following the report, Stan Lee angrily denied the allegations in a video recorded by Morgan, and threatened to sue anyone who made such claims.
Morgan was previously arrested in June 2018 on charges of filing a false police report after he alleged Lee was threatened at his home by two gunmen. However, according to an application for a probable-cause warrant and police documents, two LAPD detectives accompanied a Los Angeles County Adult Protective Services social worker to perform a welfare check on Lee (an elder-abuse investigation was launched in February 2018). They reportedly instructed security personnel to prevent anyone from entering Lee's home while they conducted the interview. According to documents, Morgan arrived and was barred entry; after he was told by a security guard that a welfare check was being performed, he dialed 911 to say that three unidentified people had entered Lee's home, and “locked everyone out."
Following the death of Joan Lee, Stan Lee's wife of 70 years, in July 2017, the comic book legend became embroiled in a bizarre series of events, with one of his associates accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars, and then allegedly forging an order for a nurse to draw “several vials” of Lee’s blood, which may have been used to create ink to sign comic books.
Lee, the famed as the co-creator of such Marvel Comics superheroes as Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, Thor and Fantastic Four, passed away Nov. 12 at age 95.