It’s hard to know where to begin in covering the ongoing drama surrounding 95-year-old Stan Lee. Harassment suits, business suits, robberies, strange tweets, embezzlement, videos that seem like hostage tapes, lost dogs. It’s as crazy as a comic book but it’s sadly real.
This week some fairly huge developments. Today Lee has filed a restraining order against Keya Morgan, who took control of Lee’s affairs after Lee’s daughter, J.C. Lee, ousted Max Anderson as Stan’s handler. Earlier this week Morgan was arrested on charges of filing a false police report, which, in turn, goes back to a prior report of two armed gunmen breaking into Lee’s home and threatening him, which is a lot for an elderly man in declining health to deal with. (That Lee is still going throgh all this is a testment to his stamina.)
Stan Lee on Wednesday filed for a restraining order against the man he said last week was the only person who was handling his affairs and business, Keya Morgan, a Los Angeles Superior Court media relations rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
The restraining order request was filed two days after Morgan was arrested on suspicion of filing a false report to police. Morgan was released from jail on $20,000 bail.
Days before Morgan’s arrest, a 45-second video was recorded of Lee and posted to Twitter in which Lee made it clear Morgan was the only person with whom he now worked and allowed to represent him. “My only partner and business manager is @KeyaMorgan, not all the other people making false claims,” the post read, along with the video.
I know some people thought Anderson was bad for Lee, but he’s Florence Nightingale compared to Morgan, whose shenanigans are alarming.
I know Lee had some bad karma coming his way, but I hope he gets to live out his last days in some comfort and dignity and not in this five ring circus.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.