A court docket in Los Angeles issued a short lived restraining order on Wednesday in opposition to a person who has claimed to be a caregiver for the Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, court docket paperwork and a lawyer for Mr. Lee stated.
The court docket order got here simply two days after the Los Angeles police say they arrested the person, Keya Morgan, and booked him into jail on a warrant charging him with submitting a false report in reference to Mr. Lee, who’s 95. Mr. Morgan was launched on bond, in response to court docket paperwork.
The developments mark the most recent weird flip within the unusual mixture of tragedy and scandal which have engulfed Mr. Lee, the co-creator of Spider-Man, X-Men and Black Panther, because the demise of his spouse, Joan Lee, in July.
In court docket paperwork, Tom Lallas, a lawyer who stated he had agreed to behave as “guardian advert litem” for Mr. Lee, stated Mr. Lee suffered from listening to, imaginative and prescient and reminiscence impairments and was unable to “resist undue affect.” He stated Mr. Lee’s property was value greater than $50 million, making him susceptible to monetary predators.
Mr. Morgan, Mr. Lallas alleges in court docket paperwork, is “a memorabilia collector who inserted himself into Mr. Lee’s life as his caregiver” after the passing of Mr. Lee’s spouse. “Petitioner, together with regulation enforcement and Adult Protective Services, believes that Mr. Morgan is unduly influencing Mr. Lee and isolating him.”
Attempts to contact Mr. Morgan, 42, on Wednesday had been unsuccessful. But the movie star information web site TMZ quoted him as saying: “I’ve taken nice care of Stan Lee for the previous a few years, and have by no means had an issue immediately with Stan. I’ve a incredible relationship with him for the previous a few years, as he has said numerous instances on the document, and I actually saved his life as soon as.”
He added: “I’ll 100 p.c show past a shadow of a doubt that the allegations in opposition to me are false. And I’ll undoubtedly take authorized motion in opposition to anybody who’s making up these lies. The fact will come out.”
In a phone interview on Wednesday, Josh Rubenstein, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department, confirmed Mr. Morgan’s arrest on Monday and stated that investigation was persevering with. He declined to elaborate, however famous that the police weren’t conducting an elder abuse investigation associated to Mr. Lee.
In a possible trigger arrest warrant and police paperwork, a Los Angeles police detective stated that he, together with one other detective and a Los Angeles County Adult Protective Services social employee, went to carry out a welfare examine on Mr. Lee on May 30.
When they arrived at his dwelling, they informed safety personnel to refuse entry to anybody who got here calling on Mr. Lee through the interview, the paperwork stated. Soon after that, Mr. Morgan arrived and was refused entry, after being informed by a safety guard that detectives and the social employee had been inside.
Mr. Morgan then known as 911 and reported that three “unidentified” folks had gone into Mr. Lee’s dwelling and “locked everybody out,” in response to a transcript of the 911 name.
“I’m very, very scared they’re harming him,” he stated, in response to the transcript.
“It’s an emergency,” he added later. “If you possibly can please ship somebody instantly.”
In his report, the police detective stated Mr. Morgan appeared to have had withheld details about who was inside to the 911 operator. The detective additionally stated he had interviewed Mr. Lee twice this yr and that Mr. Lee has proven that he will be “influenced” by Mr. Morgan. During interviews, Mr. Lee “acknowledged how Morgan has helped him, however would neglect Morgan’s title when talking of him,” the detective wrote.
No one at Los Angeles County’s company for growing older and grownup providers answered the cellphone Wednesday night time, and it was not potential to depart a message.
Not lengthy after the primary name, police paperwork and 911 name transcripts stated, Mr. Morgan known as 911 once more, this time telling an operator that there was a “very threatening” and “aggressive” man with a gun at Mr. Lee’s dwelling, whom Mr. Morgan wished eliminated. The detective wrote that the decision was made to attempt to take away a safety guard who had refused to signal a nondisclosure settlement that Mr. Morgan had ready.
The name prompted not less than eight police items and a helicopter to reply, police paperwork stated. The safety guard was launched from custody after the police discovered no proof of against the law.
The momentary restraining order — which bars Mr. Morgan from abusing, harassing or contacting Mr. Lee, and requires that he keep not less than 100 yards away from him — was granted and signed on Wednesday and is about to run out on the finish of a court docket listening to scheduled for July 6.
Over the final yr, rumors about Mr. Lee and the habits of these round him have swirled. Suspicions have emerged that thousands and thousands of dollars have been siphoned from his accounts, as have stories former enterprise affiliate stole his blood to promote to followers.
Then, in April, The Hollywood Reporter revealed an investigation that stated that Mr. Lee had been the sufferer of “elder abuse.” A radio discuss present in Orlando, Fla., even broadcast a rumor that he was being “held captive” by handlers who “have him principally locked up in the home.”
But on a current go to to Mr. Lee’s dwelling, Mr. Lee informed The New York Times in any other case.
“I’m the luckiest man on the planet,” Mr. Lee stated. “Nobody has extra freedom.”
The story famous that Mr. Morgan was Mr. Lee’s “present gatekeeper,” who had ousted former employees members. He sat at Mr. Lee’s aspect through the interview.
Doris Burke contributed analysis.