The Latest: New elder-abuse order issued for Stan Lee
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the legal fight over who represents Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee (all times local):
A judge has granted a new elder-abuse restraining order keeping a former manager away from 95-year-old Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee.
Friday’s order says 42-year-old Keya Morgan must not come near or try to contact Lee, Lee’s daughter or Lee’s brother until a hearing on the matter on July 26.
The restraining order request says Morgan has attempted to interfere with Lee’s ability to contact caregivers, doctors and family members, has attempted to alienate Lee from his daughter, and is embezzling or misappropriating $5 million worth of Lee’s assets.
Earlier Friday, a judge dismissed a similar restraining order against Morgan that had been granted last month, saying the attorney who filed for it did not represent Lee.
Attorneys working with Lee’s daughter immediately filed for the new restraining order.
Morgan’s attorney did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment. Morgan has vehemently denied he engaged in any form of elder abuse against Lee.
A judge has found that an attorney who had obtained an elder-abuse restraining order on behalf of Stan Lee does not in fact represent him, in a rare public airing of the private power struggle surrounding the 95-year-old behind Marvel Comics.
Attorneys affiliated with Lee’s daughter asserted in court Friday that they were Lee’s proper lawyers. As they had hoped, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Pro Tem Ruth Kleman said that she did not recognize Tom Lallas as Lee’s lawyer, and dissolved the temporary restraining order against Lee’s former personal adviser Keya Morgan.
The attorneys affiliated with Lee’s daughter J.C. Lee said outside court that they had already filed for their own restraining order against Morgan. It was not immediately clear whether the new order has been granted.