Reports of elder abuse against Marvel Comics mogul Stan Lee are being investigated, amid a struggle over the life and fortune of the 95-year-old.
The Los Angeles police investigation was revealed in court documents on Wednesday as a restraining order was granted against Keya Morgan, who has been acting as Lee’s business manager and personal adviser.
Morgan has inserted himself into the life of Lee, according to the order.
The filing accuses Morgan, 42, of taking advantage of Lee’s impaired hearing, vision and judgement, moving Lee from his long-time family home and preventing family and associates from contacting him.
Morgan was arrested on Monday for allegedly filing a false police report by calling emergency services and saying burglars were in his house. In fact, two detectives and a social worker were conducting a welfare check on Lee.
His arrest and ouster is the latest and most dramatic move in the fight that has emerged over Lee’s business and estimated $US50 million ($66 million) fortune since his wife of 69 years, Joan, died a year ago.
Police have been investigating reports of elder abuse against Lee since at least February. They had issued an emergency order, keeping Morgan from Lee even before Wednesday’s order was issued.
For decades, Lee has 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.
In more recent years, he has become a grandfatherly figure over the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with his comical cameos in each film beloved by fans.
Morgan is a memorabilia dealer and Marilyn Monroe expert who befriended Lee’s daughter and only child JC Lee, Lee’s lawyer Tom Lallas said in the restraining order request.
Since February he has increasingly taken personal control of Lee’s life and household, the request said.
Morgan was released on Monday after his arrest. He is already serving two years of probation for making criminal threats in an unrelated dispute, and has been summoned back to court to determine whether he has violated the probation.