Stan Lee Victim of Elder Abuse After 3 Men W/ 'Bad Intentions' Worm Their Way into 95-Yr-Old's Life


The man who created superheroes like Spider-Man, Iron Man and the Hulk at the head of Marvel Comics in the early 1960s is “in need of a superhero himself.”

At 95 years old, Stan Lee’s estate is worth somewhere between $50 million and $70 million — he reportedly receives $1 million a year for his ties to Marvel.

The comic book legend would regularly appear at comic conventions until his “little bout of pneumonia.”

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In early February, after another argument with 67-year-old daughter J.C., Lee signed a document outlining the “bad intentions” of three men who have wormed their way into his daughter’s life.

The Hollywood Reporter obtained a copy of the document where Lee said, “It is not uncommon for J.C. to charge, in any given month, $20,000 to $40,000 on credit cards, sometimes more.”

During their frequent arguments, J.C. “typically yells and screams at me and cries hysterically if I do not capitulate,” Lee added.

The three men with “bad intentions” — Jerardo Olivarez, Keya Morgan and J.C.’s attorney Kirk Schenck — have “insinuated themselves into relationships with J.C. for an ulterior motive and purpose.”

Their purpose? According to Lee’s declaration, it was to take advantage of him and get control of his “assets, property and money.”

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But a few days after the notarization of the document, someone seemed to have changed Lee’s mind. Mogan filmed a video of Lee saying that the contents of the document are “totally incorrect, inaccurate, misleading and insulting” and that “my relationship with my daughter has never been better, and my friend Keya Morgan and I also have a great relationship.”

Lee’s assistant, Mike Kelly, who used to come see Lee most days for meetings, is now limited to seeing the 95-year-old once a week for prearranged, supervised visits.

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Additionally, a new accountant, housekeeper, gardener, and lawyer were hired, even though the people who previously held those positions had been with Lee for decades. Joanie, Lee’s wife of 69 years was most successful in handling their daughter, but the chaos ensued after her death in July.

Lee’s former business and asset manager Bradley Herman recalls one argument J.C. had with her parents when he was at the house signing paperwork. The argument over a Jaguar convertible turned violent and J.C. reportedly slammed Lee’s head against a wooden chair and roughly grabbed Joanie’s arm leaving a bruise.

On March 15, Morgan and J.C. went to Lee’s Beverly Hills office at Pow! and took unknown materials from the company which contacted LAPD about the incident. Although Lee explained in another video that he had asked the pair to retrieve items for him, Pow! expressed their suspicions in a statement.

According to the company, Lee “has and continues to have full access to any of his personal items at the Pow! offices. So it was highly unusual and unexpected when someone else came into our offices in the middle of the night and removed several items without notice or any permission from us. We were, and still are, unaware of what was taken.”

Lee spent the weekend of April 7 signing merchandise and meeting with fans at the Silicon Valley Comic Con, but many people posted on social media how tired Lee looked, accompanied by Morgan and J.C., looked while he was “shuffled around.”

“I’m on the verge of tears because it breaks my heart to see somebody that I love being effectively held prisoner,” Herman told The Hollywood Reporter. “He finds himself in need of a superhero himself.”

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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