Elder abuse charges have been filed against a one-time partner and business manager of the late comic book legend Stan Lee, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Keya Morgan, 43, 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 misdemeanor count of elder abuse, all filed Friday, according to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Superior Court Public Information Office.
Last year, the City Attorney's Office filed misdemeanor counts against Morgan of falsely reporting an emergency and falsely reporting a crime, along with a probation violation.
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According to court papers, law enforcement and Adult Protective Services officials went to Lee's home on May 30, 2018, to perform a "welfare check." Morgan allegedly arrived at the residence while Lee was being interviewed and security guards refused to let him in.
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.
In April, Morgan pleaded no contest to the false report of an emergency and was placed in a diversion program for 12 months. He was also ordered to stay away from both victims in that case, security guards for Lee, as well as Lee's residence and to refrain from calling 911 other than in the event of an actual emergency, according to a spokesman for the City Attorney's Office.
Lee, the man behind Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man and Black Panther, died in November at the age of 95.
The comic book master at one point requested an restraining order against Morgan, just days after insisting the man was his sole partner and business manager and that the two of them were "conquering the world side-by-side."
Earlier court documents filed by lawyers for Lee alleged in part that Morgan isolated Lee from his family and other associates, moved him out of his home and into a condominium and was exerting undue influence over him.
His attorneys claimed Morgan mishandled more than $5 million of Lee's money, according to TMZ, who first reported the latest felony charges.
Last July, the former business manager told TMZ, "For over 10 years I have shown nothing but love, respect & kindness to Stan Lee, & his wife, a fact he has repeated countless times," and accused Lee's daughter and her lawyer of a "witchhunt" against him borne out of jealousy.