Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Los Angeles prosecutors have filed charges of theft, embezzlement, forgery or fraud against an elder adult, and false imprisonment of an elder adult against Keya Morgan, 43, the former manager of the late Stan Lee. Morgan became especially close to Lee after the passing of Lee's wife, Joan, in 2017, and in essence became the gatekeeper to getting to the comic book genius. The charges extended back to June of 2018 and up to Lee's death in November.
In June, attorneys for the 95-year-old Lee and his daughter, JC, were granted a restraining order against Morgan that barred contact with Lee and revealed that police were investigating Morgan for elder abuse. The petition against Morgan alleged that he was manipulating the mentally declining Lee, preventing him from seeing family and friends, and trying to take control of his money and business affairs.
Morgan has repeatedly denied the allegations of elder abuse. He has not responded to requests for comment dealing with the charges, but last year he had tweeted: “For over 10 years I have shown nothing but love, respect & kindness to Stan Lee, & his wife, a fact he has repeated countless time. I have NEVER EVER abused my dear friend. Everything you read in the #FakeNews is pure malicious lies & I will 100% prove it. The truth will come out.”
See David Ng, Stan Lee’s Former Manager Charged with Theft and Elder Abuse, Los Angeles Times, May 15, 2019.