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Police investigate elder abuse of Marvel Comics' Stan Lee

AP  |  Los Angeles 

are investigating reports of elder abuse against Marvel Comics' Stan Lee, court documents showed yesterday.

The investigation was revealed in a restraining order granted against Keya Morgan, who in recent months has been acting as Lee's

Morgan has inserted himself into the life of the Lee, 95, according to the restraining order. The filing accuses Morgan, 42, of taking advantage of Lee's impaired hearing, vision and judgment, moving Lee from his longtime family home and preventing family and associates from contacting him.

Morgan was arrested on Monday for allegedly filing a false police report by calling saying burglars were in his house when in fact two detectives and a were conducting a welfare check on Lee.

Attempts to reach Morgan on yesterday were not immediately successful. An he hired on a previous criminal case said he no longer works for Morgan, and it's not clear if he's retained a new Morgan's cell phone was no longer accepting messages.

Morgan's arrest and ouster is the latest and thus far most dramatic move in a struggle that has emerged over Lee's business and fortune since his wife of 69 years died in July.

Police have been investigating reports of elder abuse against Lee since at least February, and had issued an emergency order keeping Morgan from Lee before yesterday's order was issued.

Lee has for decades been revered as a comic book giant for his central role in creating the Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, and other Marvel characters. In more recent years he has become a grandfatherly figure over the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with his comical cameos in each film beloved by fans.

Morgan is a and expert who befriended Lee's daughter and only child JC Lee, and since February has increasingly taken control of Lee's life.

Lee appeared in a video on Sunday posted to his account declaring that Morgan was his only partner and representative, and anyone claiming otherwise was lying.

Detectives said in police reports that in interviews Lee acknowledged that Morgan had helped him, but would frequently forget his name when talking about him.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 05:10 IST