A courtroom in Los Angeles issued a brief restraining order on Wednesday in opposition to a person who has claimed to be a caregiver for the Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, courtroom paperwork and a lawyer for Mr. Lee mentioned.
The courtroom 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 line with courtroom 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 loss of life of his spouse, Joan Lee, in July.
In courtroom paperwork, Tom Lallas, a lawyer who mentioned he had agreed to behave as “guardian ad litem” for Mr. Lee, mentioned Mr. Lee suffered from listening to, imaginative and prescient and reminiscence impairments and was unable to “resist undue influence.” He mentioned Mr. Lee’s property was value greater than $50 million, making him weak to monetary predators.
Mr. Morgan, Mr. Lallas alleges in courtroom 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, along with law 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 celeb information web site TMZ quoted him as saying: “I have taken great care of Stan Lee for the past many years, and have never had a problem directly with Stan. I have a fantastic relationship with him for the past many years, as he has stated countless times on the record, and I literally saved his life once.”
He added: “I will 100 percent prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the allegations against me are false. And I will definitely take legal action against anyone who is making up these lies. The truth 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 mentioned 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 mentioned that he, together with one other detective and a Los Angeles County Adult Protective Services social employee, went to carry out a welfare test on Mr. Lee on May 30.
When they arrived at his residence, they advised safety personnel to refuse entry to anybody who got here calling on Mr. Lee in the course of the interview, the paperwork mentioned. Soon after that, Mr. Morgan arrived and was refused entry, after being advised by a safety guard that detectives and the social employee had been inside.
Mr. Morgan then known as 911 and reported that three “unidentified” individuals had gone into Mr. Lee’s residence and “locked everyone out,” in line with a transcript of the 911 name.
“I’m very, very scared they’re harming him,” he mentioned, in line with the transcript.
“It’s an emergency,” he added later. “If you could please send someone immediately.”
In his report, the police detective mentioned Mr. Morgan appeared to have withheld details about who was inside to the 911 operator. The detective additionally mentioned he had interviewed Mr. Lee twice this 12 months and that Mr. Lee has proven that he might be “influenced” by Mr. Morgan. During interviews, Mr. Lee “acknowledged how Morgan has helped him, but would forget Morgan’s name when speaking of him,” the detective wrote.
No one at Los Angeles County’s company for getting old and grownup providers answered the telephone Wednesday evening, and it was not doable to depart a message.
Not lengthy after the primary name, police paperwork and 911 name transcripts mentioned, 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 residence, 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 models and a helicopter to reply, police paperwork mentioned. The safety guard was launched from custody after the police discovered no proof of against the law.
The non permanent 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 courtroom listening to scheduled for July 6.
Over the final 12 months, rumors about Mr. Lee and the conduct of these round him have swirled. Suspicions have emerged that tens of millions of 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 printed an investigation that mentioned 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 basically locked up in the house.”
But on a current go to to Mr. Lee’s residence, Mr. Lee advised The New York Times in any other case.
“I’m the luckiest guy in the world,” Mr. Lee mentioned. “Nobody has more freedom.”
The story famous that Mr. Morgan was Mr. Lee’s “current gatekeeper,” who had ousted former employees members. He sat at Mr. Lee’s facet in the course of the interview.
Doris Burke contributed analysis.