It seems as if Stan Lee is sadly running out of people in which to place his trust. Today, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that the legendary Marvel creator has filed for a restraining order against his business partner Keya Morgan.
The news comes just three days after Lee posted a video on Twitter, voicing his strong partnership with Morgan.
“It has come to my attention that many people contact other companies or other people trying to get in touch with me. I just want to go on the record as saying, I have only one partner, only one person who does represent me, and that’s Keya Morgan," said Lee in the video. "Anybody else who claims to be my rep is just making that story up. I just wanna put it on the record, I want you to know, if you want me, call me. If you can’t get me, call Keya Morgan. The two of us work together and are conquering the world side-by-side.”
On Monday, Morgan was arrested on suspicion of filing a false police report; he was later released on a $20,000 bail. Details of the arrest were not disclosed by authorities.
Authorities are also investigating claims that Lee has been the victim of elder abuse, per the legal filing.
Described as a historian, filmmaker, producer, and entrepreneur, Morgan has advised numerous high-profile celebrities on matters of business, collects rare historical paraphernalia, and wrote a book about the alleged "murder" of Marilyn Monroe, which he also turned into a documentary. It is unclear when Morgan became involved with Stan Lee's business affairs, but the two can be seen together in numerous photos taken at Marvel movie premieres and events.
Back in April, news broke that the aging Marvel legend had purportedly been manipulated by various people to make a profit. This includes allegations against his ex-publicist Jerry Olivarez, who is accused of stealing $1.4 million from Lee's bank accounts while also taking samples of the man's blood to stamp onto comic books.
Lee filed a lawsuit against Olivarez as well as the Marvel creator's own production company POW!, alleging that it purportedly stole his identity, name, and likeness, which were all fraudulently sold, at one point, to a company in China along with POW! itself. In the filing, Lee claimed not to have knowingly signed documents authorizing such an arrangement, and alleged that the defendants took advantage of his grief over his wife's recent death and his declining health (Lee is legally blind) to sign documents in a "bait and switch tactic."
Not long after, Lee took back control of his Twitter account, which, he claimed, had previously been managed by "others." He notes, however, that he has yet to take charge of his Facebook and Instagram accounts.
On Twitter, however, he began to post tweets and videos assuring the "true believers" that it was indeed him writing the content.
"From now on, I will depend on you, my dear fans, to protect and defend me. I love you guys and am so happy I have control of my twitter account back. You guys are my true superheros. Excelsior! Stan," he wrote in one tweet.