Marvel icon Stan Lee may be one of the most famous faces in the comic book industry, with cameos in countless Marvel movies, but recently there has been increasing concern that the 95 year-old is being taken advantage of. In February 2018, Lee told the LAPD that someone had stolen $1.4 million from his bank account, not long after $850,000 of his money was used by his caregiver to buy a condominium.
Now, a chilling report suggests that Lee - whose wife, Joanie Lee, passed away last summer - is at the center of a circle of people with "bad intentions," who are using the comic book creator's fame and fortune to their own advantage. Those named in the report are: memorabilia dealer Keya Morgan; Lee's former publicist and caregiver, Jerry Olivarez; Lee's former road manager, Max Anderson; and Lee's 67 year-old daughter, J.C. Lee.
The Hollywood Reporter obtained a notarized declaration signed by Lee, dated February 13th, 2018, which details J.C.'s history of living off his fortune without ever getting a meaningful job or her own source of income. The declaration states that J.C. consistently overspends and makes demands for more money from her father, and that it is "not uncommon" for her to spend $20,000-40,000 on credit cards in any given month. The declaration also details an incident on February 10th in which J.C. and her attorney, Kirk Schenck, showed up uninvited at Lee's home and "demanded that I execute Grant Deeds and convey the Property to her." The statement goes on to say that "this demand was not acceptable" to Lee, since the house is his principle residence and J.C. has already been provided for with both a home and a condominium.
However, Lee's "primary gatekeeper," Keya Morgan (whom the declaration alleges is a "bad actor," "not trustworthy," and "[has] used [his] relationship with J.C. to take advantage over my assets, property and money") sent THR two videos that he filmed of Lee. In these videos, Lee says, "my relationship with my lovely daughter, J.C., is wonderful. My relationship with my good friend Keya Morgan is great."
Towards the end of the first video, Morgan can be heard prompting Lee to talk about his macular degeneration. "Oh, to hell with that," Lee says, and the video cuts away abruptly. The second video then begins with Lee addressing "why I signed [the] document," saying that he has macular degeneration and is "almost blind," and that the attorney who notarized the document "may have gotten me to sign something that I didn't know what it was."
THR's report also contains a number of other disturbing allegations:
- According to Lee's former manager Bradley J. Herman, in winter 2014 J.C. got into an argument with her parents that escalated into her shoving Joanie Lee against a window so that she fell, and then grabbing Lee by the neck and slamming his head against the back of his chair, resulting in a contusion on his skull.
- Lee's nurse, Linda Sanchez (who is married), says that J.C. found out that she was pregnant (possibly using a listening device planted in Lee's house), and got it into her head that Lee was the father. Sanchez says that J.C. went "crazy" and started declaring that she would take the baby for herself, saying, "When the baby’s born, I’m going to get it." In a voicemail transcript, reviewed by THR, J.C. said, "The thing I want more than anything is a baby. It would be a great end to the story. And, you know, [Sanchez] doesn’t get the baby, she doesn’t get anything, but her bills paid.”
- On the night of March 15th, J.C. and Morgan went to the offices of POW! Entertainment, the media company co-founded by Lee, and took unknown materials, causing the company to alert the LAPD. In another video recorded by Morgan, Lee said that Morgan and J.C. went to the offices to bring him some "personal artifacts" that he wanted at home. POW! responded by saying that they found it "highly unusual and unexpected" that Morgan and J.C. would show up in the middle of the night to remove the items without notice or permission.
The full report goes into more detail, and paints an upsetting picture of an elderly man who, despite his great wealth (and also because of it), appears to be in a very vulnerable position. Lee's former manager, Herman, told THR, "I’m on the verge of tears, because it breaks my heart to see somebody that I love being effectively held prisoner. He finds himself in need of a superhero himself."
We'll keep you updated on this story as it develops.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter