Stan Lee's Former Business Manager Charged With Elder Abuse
Keya Morgan has been charged with five counts of elder abuse against the late icon.
The former manager of comic book legend Stan Lee has been charged with multiple counts of elder abuse, a Los Angeles court official said on Monday.
Keya Morgan has been hit with several charges, including alleged false imprisonment, fraud and forgery stemming from an incident last year when Lee was 95 years old, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Superior Court said.
They added that while Morgan is not yet in custody, a warrant for his arrest had been issued.
It comes after Lee filed a restraining order against Morgan in July 2018 prior to his death, after Lee’s family accused him of elder abuse. The family allege that memorabilia dealer Morgan attempted to seize control of Lee’s Hollywood Hills home and hired security guards to keep away relatives and associates. He's also accused of exploiting his close relationship with Lee to embezzle artwork, cash, and assets worth more than $US5 million ($AU 7.2 million).
In addition to the restraining order, Morgan had previously been charged with two counts of reporting a false emergency --- calling 911 to report there were burglars inside Lee’s home when Lee was being visited by two police detectives and a social worker who were investigating claims of elder abuse against Morgan, and one for accusing a security guard of assault with a deadly weapon after they refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
Last month, Morgan pleaded no contest to filing said false police report, and as a result must stay away from Lee's family and home. He'll also be forced to undertake 100 hours of community service.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Morgan's attorney Alex Kessel told The Associated Press that his client is not guilty of the most recent charges, and he expects him to be exonerated.
Lee, who was the co-creator of 'Spider-Man,' 'Iron Man,' 'The Hulk' and many other Marvel superheroes, died in November 2018 at the age of 95.