Stan Lee’s former manager arrested on elder abuse charges after allegedly trying to control his money
Stan Lee’s former business partner Keya Morgan was arrested in Arizona last Saturday for alleged elder abuse.
Back In 2018, a report was published that showed how Stan Lee was allegedly being taken advantage of by his colleagues.
The names included in the reports were ex-business manager, Morgan; his former publicist, Jerry Olivarez; his former road manager, Max Anderson and his own daughter, J.C. Lee.
The reports were denied by Stan, but the truth behind the reports went public earlier this month.
Stan’s Manager arrested
Keya Morgan, 43, Keya Morgan was taken into custody in Arizona on an outstanding arrest warrant by Los Angeles County prosecutors earlier this month.
He made his first court appearance in Maricopa County Superior Court on Sunday.
He was detained on two felony counts of false imprisonment and grand theft from an elder and a misdemeanor count of elder abuse, The Associated Press reported.
He was arrested in suburban Phoenix at his mother’s home without incident and is facing extradition to Los Angeles. Morgan’s lawyer, Alex Kessel, said his client “has never abused or taken advantage of Lee.”
Among the allegations, Morgan is said to have collected over $262,000 from the autograph-signing session in May 2018, according to CNN.
Court documents show Los Angeles police alerted authorities in a Phoenix suburb that Morgan’s cellphone was being used in north Scottsdale.
The 43-year-old was found in a house with his mother and arrested without incident, police said. It was unclear when he would be extradited to California.
Morgan faces felony counts including theft, embezzlement, forgery or fraud against an elder adult, and false imprisonment of an elder adult. A misdemeanor count also alleges elder abuse.
Police say Morgan pocketed more than $262,000 from autograph signing sessions Lee did in May 2018.
“Morgan exerted his control and influence over Lee,” police alleged in a press release.
Allegations on Stan’s former Manager…
He’s also accused of falsely imprisoning Lee in a condominium in Beverly Hills, California, last June.
“Morgan removed Lee from his Hollywood Hills residence to a secured Beverly Hills condominium during the late night hours of June 8, 2018,” the LAPD statement said.
Lee’s daughter filed a restraining order last year, accusing Morgan of manipulating her father and preventing him from seeing friends and family, and trying to take control of his money and business affairs, the AP reported.
In an email to The Associated Press Saturday, Kessel said he had arranged for Morgan to surrender to authorities on Tuesday, but they jumped the gun.
“It is unfortunate that the DA and police did not honor our commitment to surrender next week and arrested him,” Kessel stated.
Kessel did not immediately respond to Deadline‘s request for comment.
Morgan’s bail has been set at $300,000. He will eventually be extradited to Los Angeles to face the charges.
Lee took his last breath last year in November, at the age of 95. He was a great comic writer and considered as a pillar of Marvel comic books.
The character created by him included Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Daredevil and the X-Men, which have populated a film series that has grossed more than $11bn worldwide.
Lee was a millionaire with worth about $80m at his death.