The former manager of the late Stan Lee has been charged with elder abuse against the Marvel Comics co-creator.
Keya Morgan, the former business partner of Stan Lee, is facing one felony count of false imprisonment of an elder adult, three felony counts of theft, embezzlement, forgery or fraud against an elder adult and one misdemeanour count of elder abuse - according to court documents.
The late Stan Lee With Keya Morgan at the World Premiere of Avengers: Infinity War in April 2018. Credit: PA
A Los Angeles Superior Court spokeswoman told Sky News that a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Lee passed away in November last year aged 95 and tributes poured in from around the world shortly after his death was confirmed.
Some months before he died, it has been reported that a temporary restraining order was put in place against Morgan following allegations of elder abuse.
Keya Morgan poses with Spider-Man actor, Tom Holland. Credit: Twitter
At the time, Lee's beloved wife Joan had recently passed away and it was claimed that Morgan - a memorabilia collector from New York - had 'inserted himself into Mr Lee's life'. Morgan denied allegations of abuse back then.
Sky News reported on court documentation from 2018 which showed that Morgan was accused of taking control of Lee's home in Hollywood Hills and hiring security guards to keep away Lee's family and friends.
He then allegedly moved Lee to a new home that he wasn't familiar with.
Comic book hero Stan Lee, posing with his wife Joan Lee back in 2011. Credit: PA
According to the MailOnline, things initially soured when Morgan was arrested on suspicion of making a false police report outside Lee's home on May 30.
A welfare check was being conducted on the day and security guards refused Morgan's entry into the house which led to him allegedly reporting a burglary in progress.
It is believed that Morgan is also being accused of mishandling more than $5 million (£3.8m) of Lee's money.
The Marvel Comics co-creator at the Avengers: Infinity War premiere. Credit: PA
The Fantastic Four was Lee's first Marvel endeavour back in 1961. He then went on to create Spider-Man, The Avengers, Iron Man, X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, and Black Panther to name just a few.
He also appeared in all of Marvel's movies - from 2000's X-Men onward - in a cameo role, with the Sony/Marvel film Venom rumoured to potentially be his last film credit. Then he popped up in Captain Marvel.
More recently, he made a cameo when Avengers: Endgame was released and it might not be the last we've seen of the Marvel legend because when Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, was asked about the potential for an appearance in Spider-Man: Far From Home, he said: "We'll see. We shot a couple of others, so we're coming up on the last of them, yes."
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