3:30 pm EST, May 26, 2019

Stan Lee’s former business manager arrested in Arizona on elder abuse charges

Keya Morgan, Stan Lee’s former business manager, was arrested in Arizona on Saturday morning. A warrant was outstanding for his arrest from the Los Angeles Police Department.

According to Variety, LAPD’s Mike Lopez confirmed the the arrest warrant had been issued for the following charges against Morgan: “one count of false imprisonment – elder adult; three counts of grand theft from elder or dependent adult, special aggravated white collar crime loss of over $100k; and one count of elder or dependent adult abuse.”

The investigation into the alleged elder abuse began in March 2018, prior to Stan Lee’s passing at 95 in November of the same year. The grand theft charge is relating to $262,000 collected from autograph sessions that Lee attended in May 2018, for which he never received the money.

Additionally, the false imprisonment charge comes from Morgan removing Lee from his Hollywood Hills home and into a secured condo in Beverly Hills. Lee was later removed from Morgan’s control not long after, following Morgan’s arrest for placing false 911 calls. The police have said that those false 911 calls appeared to be a tactic applied by Morgan to convince Lee that he was in danger.

Morgan’s bail has been set at $300,000, and he is currently awaiting extradition to Los Angeles.

Morgan is not the only former staffer who worked with Lee to be accused of elder abuse. Before Lee’s death, Lee filed a lawsuit against his former publicist, Jerry Olivarez, for several offences including elder abuse.

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