Young or old, if you don’t know who Stan Lee is by now well… I don’t know what to tell you. He’s damn-near singlehandedly responsible for the creation of some of the most popular characters of all time.
Iron Man, The Avengers, The X Men, Spider-man, The Hulk… I mean we could go all day here. And what were once popular comic books has become a thriving, record-breaking, movie industry.
So it may come as a shock that Stan Lee, the man himself, may be the victim of elder abuse. According to reports, there seems to be an on-going power struggle over his estate between his daughter and three men.
The report, by The Hollywood Report, begins by showing a visit Lee had with his attorney, Tom Lallas, in regards to an official legal declaration:
“The Feb. 13 document, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, begins with some background, explaining that Lee and his late wife had arranged a trust for their daughter because she had trouble supporting herself and often overspent…It goes on to describe how, when he and his daughter disagree — “which is often” — she “typically yells and screams at me and cries hysterically if I do not capitulate”…Lee explains that J.C. will, “from time to time,” demand changes to her trust, including the transfer of properties into her name. He has resisted such changes, he states, because they “would greatly increase the likelihood of her greatest fear: that after my death, she will become homeless and destitute.”
The declaration then explicates how three men with “bad intentions” — Jerardo “Jerry” Olivarez, Keya Morgan and J.C.’s attorney, Kirk Schenck — had improperly influenced his daughter, a woman with “very few adult friends.” The document claims the trio has “insinuated themselves into relationships with J.C. for an ulterior motive and purpose”: to take advantage of Lee and “gain control over my assets, property and money.”
Stan Lee is said to be worth nearly $70,000,000 and just days after this declaration was notarized, he reportedly changed his mind — this resulted in his attorney, Lallas, being dismissed after an argument broke out in his home which resulted in the LAPD being called.
According to a report by ComicBook.com, it’s alleged that the three previously mentioned names, Olivarez, Morgan, and Schenck are working in “unison” — attempting to seize control of Stan Lee’s finances. According to the report, the trio has dismissed many of Lee’s longtime employees and have attempted to “push out” many of his associates.
Morgan continues to maintain that he has done nothing wrong, stating that he’s looking after all of Lee’s correspondences, at his requesting, and that the comic book legend has even thanked him.
“In the video, an animated and robust Lee goes on to state that “my relationship with my daughter has never been better, and my friend Keya Morgan and I also have a great relationship … anybody who is saying anything [else] … is just spreading lies.”
We’ll see how this all plays out and hope that Stan Lee isn’t the victim of any such allegations.