Stan Lee Friday was granted a three-year extension of a temporary restraining order previously obtained on behalf of the comic book legend against his partner and business manager.
Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Laura Hymowitz ordered Keya Morgan to stay at least 100 yards away from the 95-year-old Lee; Lee’s daughter, 68-year-old Joan Celia Lee; and Lee’s brother, 86-year-old Larry Lee, through Aug. 17, 2021. Lee alleged Morgan embezzled about $5 million in assets, including autograph proceeds and artwork.
Lee was not present at the hearing, but his attorney, Jonathan Freund, said afterward his client will be pleased with the ruling.
“Stan has been doing pretty well, he’s working again and his health is generally improving,” Freund said.
Lee also has been creating new comic book characters, Freund said.
Morgan, who did not appear at Friday’s hearing, is also facing criminal charges — two misdemeanor counts each of falsely reporting an emergency and falsely reporting a crime, along with a probation violation, according to the City Attorney’s Office.
Morgan, who was serving two years probation for making criminal threats in an unrelated case, was arrested June 11 and released that evening on $20,000 bail.
According to court papers, law enforcement and Adult Protective Services officials went to Lee’s home on May 30 to perform a “welfare check.” Morgan then reportedly arrived at the residence and security guards refused to let him in while Lee was being interviewed by authorities. At that point, Morgan “made a false 911 call, claiming that there were three unidentified burglary suspects in his friend’s home who had locked everyone out of the house,” according to the court documents.
Later that night, Morgan called 911 again, accusing a security guard at the home of assaulting him and Lee with a deadly weapon, according to court documents.
Lee, the man behind Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man and Black Panther, requested the restraining order against Morgan, who he had days earlier insisted was his sole partner and business manager. The court documents allege in part that Morgan isolated Lee from his family and other associates, and moved him out of his home and into a condominium.
Lee is now back in his home, Freund said.
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