Keya Morgan, whom Stan Lee once described as his only partner and business manager, has been charged with five counts of elder abuse against the late comic book legend.
Reuters reports the charges, filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, include false imprisonment, fraud and forgery, related to an incident that occurred in June 2018. A warrant has been issued for Morgan's arrest.
That was the same month, according to a petition for a restraining order against Morgan, that 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. 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.
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.
Positioning himself as Lee's "gatekeeper" for most of his final year, Morgan became his primary caregiver, and even identified himself in his Twitter profile as "co-creator with Stan Lee."
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.