Stan Lee's former manager, Keya Morgan, was arrested Saturday morning after being charged with elder abuse against the esteemed Marvel creator. In 2018, a report was released that detailed how the 95-year-old was allegedly being taken advantage of by his ex-business manager, Morgan; his former publicist, Jerry Olivarez; his former road manager, Max Anderson; and his own daughter, J.C. Lee. Stan Lee was quick to deny the report, but the truth is beginning to surface as evidence became public earlier this month. At the beginning of May, a warrant was issued for Morgan's arrest on five accounts of elder abuse, including false imprisonment, fraud and forgery.
Lee passed away at the age of 95 in November of last year. He was known as the brilliant creative leader behind Marvel Comics, creating some of their most renowned superheroes. His presence was known and beloved by many in both the comic and film industry. He was also known for his memorable cameos in every MCU feature, and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige is now compiling a variety of behind-the-scenes footage of Lee filming said cameos.
Now, justice is being brought to the Marvel creator, as Deadline reports that his ex-business manager was arrested on Saturday morning in Arizona. The LAPD released a statement saying that, "Mr. Lee had a large estate worth over an estimated $50 million," and that he had, "no clear protection from opportunists who could insert themselves into his life and take control of it." Morgan is facing, "one felony count of false imprisonment of an elder adult," along with, "three felony counts of grand theft from an elder of dependent adult," and, "an initial elder abuse misdemeanor count." The LAPD went on to add that during a financial investigation, "allegations arose against Morgan alleging that he collected more than $262,000 from Lee's autograph signing sessions in May 2018," but the comic creator never received any of that money. Morgan's bail is set at $300,000, and he's set to go before a judge and eventually be sent back to Los Angeles to face charges.
Morgan, a memorabilia collector from New York, began working with Lee in 2017. Unfortunately, their relationship remained a very turbulent one to say the least. Lee's former business manager was given a restraining order in July of 2018, after filing a false police report claiming that armed men were demanding money from the creator at his own home. During this time, Lee had also experienced numerous health scares throughout the year, including an irregular heartbeat and a severe case of pneumonia.
Lee's death is one that still lingers in the air for many Marvel fans, especially with Avengers: Endgame continuing to dominate at the box office. The final Avengers outing has been a culmination of a decades worth of MCU films, and an ode to the incredible characters that Lee created. His superheroes are ones that have made a significant impact on both the comic book industry and the film industry. Even though he's gone, justice still reigns true for the creator and the unforgettable legacy that he left behind.