Los Angeles police are investigating reports of elder abuse against Marvel Comics' Stan Lee, court documents show. The investigation was revealed in a restraining order granted against Keya Morgan, who in recent months has been acting as Lee's business manager and personal adviser, the AP reports. Morgan has inserted himself into the life of Lee, 95, according to the restraining order. The filing accuses Morgan, 42, of taking advantage of Lee's impaired hearing, vision, and judgment, moving Lee from his longtime family home and preventing family and associates from contacting him. Morgan was arrested on Monday for allegedly filing a false police report by calling 911 saying burglars were in his house when in fact two detectives and a social worker were conducting a welfare check on Lee.
Morgan's arrest and ouster is the latest and thus far most dramatic move in a struggle that has emerged over Lee's business and fortune since his wife of 69 years, Joan, died in July. Police have been investigating reports of elder abuse against Lee since at least February, and had issued an emergency order keeping Morgan from Lee before Wednesday's order was issued. Lee has for decades been revered as a comic book giant for his central role in creating the Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and other major Marvel characters. Morgan is a memorabilia dealer and Marilyn Monroe expert who befriended Lee's daughter and only child JC Lee. Lee appeared in a video posted to his Twitter account Sunday declaring that Morgan was his only partner and representative, and anyone claiming otherwise was lying.
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