Jun 14, 2018, 7:30 AM ET

Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee gets restraining order against business partner

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Stan Lee has been granted a restraining order against his business partner, who is under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department on allegations of elder abuse, Lee's lawyer and police officials said.

Tom Lallas, a lawyer and now the legal guardian of the 95-year-old Marvel Comics legend, asked a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge for the restraining order against Keya Morgan, Lallas confirmed in a statement to ABC News on Wednesday.

PHOTO: Stan Lee attends day 2 of Stan Lees Los Angeles Comic Con 2017 on Oct. 28, 2017, in Los Angeles.Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images FILE
Stan Lee attends day 2 of Stan Lee's Los Angeles Comic Con 2017 on Oct. 28, 2017, in Los Angeles.

The court action comes just four days after Lee posted a video on Twitter saying Morgan was his only partner, his sole representative, and "the two of us work together and are conquering the world side by side."

Lallas said the Los Angeles Police Department began investigating possible elder abuse of Lee in February and that Lee had signed a declaration expressing "concerns regarding the intention and conduct of various people."

Morgan, a memorabilia collector, inserted himself in Lee's life as his caregiver after Lee's wife Joan died in July, according to a statement of facts filed with the request for the restraining order. The documents claim that Morgan allegedly isolated Lee from his family and that last week he moved Lee from his longtime home into a condominium.

Morgan "took control of Mr. Lee's home on February 15, 2018. He hired a security team and made household decisions," according to the court documents obtained by ABC News.

Soon after, Lallas was fired by Lee and he was unable to get in touch with Lee for an explanation on why he was dismissed, according to the court papers.

Morgan made a financial elder abuse report against Lee's former business partner in December 2017, the documents show.

"Since then, Mr. Morgan has instructed security to deny family members and others who have helped Mr. Lee in the past access to Mr. Lee. Family members have been unable to contact Mr. Lee by telephone," the court papers say.

Lallas said LAPD investigators "determined that in order to protect Mr. Lee, it was necessary to obtain an emergency protective order and, thereafter, an elder abuse restraining order against Keya Morgan."

"Mr. Lee has a large estate worth over $50 million and therefore is vulnerable to financial predators," according to the court documents filed by Lallas.

Morgan was arrested on Monday on suspicion of filing a false police report of an emergency after he was barred from entering Lee's home on May 30, while detectives and a social worker were conducting a welfare check, according to court documents. Morgan had called 911 to allegedly make a bogus report that burglars were in his home.

PHOTO: Stan Lee participates in a session during Wizard World Comic Con on Jan. 6, 2018, in New Orleans.Erika Goldring/Getty Images
Stan Lee participates in a session during Wizard World Comic Con on Jan. 6, 2018, in New Orleans.

"Mr. Morgan's behavior, including, but not limited to, isolation and undue influence, places Mr. Lee's well-being at risk. He has been denied contact with his family members and other individuals that he has known and trusted for years," according to the court documents supporting the restraining order.

Efforts by ABC News to reach Morgan were unsuccessful.

Morgan told TMZ that he had cared for Lee "for the past many years, and have never had a problem directly with Stan."

Disney is the parent company of Marvel Entertainment and ABC News.

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  • SarcasTex

    Sorry to hear this about Mr.Lee, he's a pretty remarkable man and deserves better than this.
    On a side note: My nephew works for Marvel and it was Stan Lee that hired him. As a kid my nephew would draw constantly and eventually became pretty good, he was fortunate in that he knew what he wanted to do from an early age and had the talent to do it. He took one of his portfolios to a comic convention Stan Lee was at that's what landed him his job. Today the kid ( he's in his early 40's but still a kid to me) is one of Marvel/Disney's premier artists and his uncle is very proud of him.

  • Bree Zee

    People who take advantage of the elderly are scum sucking bottom feeders. There's no excuse for harming children or old people.

  • Ted, Mid Michigan

    Man, this story just burns me up!

  • Don'tBotherMe

    ' "Since then, Mr. Morgan has instructed security to deny family members and others who have helped Mr. Lee in the past access to Mr. Lee. Family members have been unable to contact Mr. Lee by telephone," the court papers say. '

    Mr. Lee was paying for security . . . not Mr. Morgan. So why didn't they ask Mr. Lee whether his family was welcome to visit? If I couldn't reach my 95 year-old father by phone I'd be at his door pdq.

  • Independent

    Sadly it sounds like money may be a factor

  • Planet Earth

    I had to look up who this memorabilia collector dude, he calls himself "co-creator with Stan Lee" on his twitter so it sounds like he's got delusions of being more important than he is. Smells like a vulture trying to get close to Lee in his final years.

  • Billy Bob Smith

    Guardianship laws in the U.S. are a joke. It doesn't take much in some states to gain guardianship over someone, as appears to be the case here. Federal and state governments need to uniformly tighten these laws to protect the elderly and disabled from unscrupulous people.