Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged the former business partner of the late Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee with five counts of elder abuse. Charges include theft, embezzlement, forgery or fraud against an elder adult, and false imprisonment of an elder adult, as well as a misdemeanor count of elder abuse. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
The charges stem from a restraining ordered filed last June by Lee’s daughter, who alleged Lee’s business partner, Keya Morgan, 43, was manipulating her father, preventing him from seeing family and friends, and attempting to steal his money. The order also informed Morgan that police had launched an investigation into the matter.
According to court documents, Morgan seized control of Lee’s Hollywood Hills home and hired security guards to keep family and friends away. He later moved Lee to an unfamiliar condominium. Lee died in November at the age of 95.
Morgan, through his attorney, has denied any wrongdoing.
Lee was a comic book legend, having co-created well-known Marvel superheroes like “Spider-Man,” “Iron Man,” “The Hulk,” and others. He is known for his movie cameos, including his posthumous appearance in “Avengers: Endgame.”
Beasley Allen lawyer Chris Boutwell investigates cases of elder abuse, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. If you suspect an elder relative or loved one has been the victim of elder abuse, or has suffered at the hands of a nursing home facility, Chris would like to talk with you.