LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former business manager to Stan Lee has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of abusing the Marvel Comics legend.
Keya Morgan entered the plea Wednesday in Los Angeles after authorities transported him from Arizona, where he was arrested last month.
The 43-year-old was charged in May with five counts of elder abuse. Prosecutors allege Morgan sought to capitalize on the Marvel Comic mastermind's wealth and exert influence over Lee even though he had no authority to act on his behalf.
Morgan's attorney Alex Kessel has denied his client did anything wrong.
Lee, who co-created Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk and Black Panther, died in November at age 95.
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6/5/2019 2:34:09 PM (GMT -7:00)
Initial Post: CNN, May 15, 2019
A man who claimed to be a manager and caretaker for Stan Lee has been charged with abusing the late Marvel Comics legend.
Keya Morgan was charged Friday with multiple counts of elder abuse, including alleged false imprisonment, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Superior Court told CNN. A $300,000 arrest warrant was issued for Morgan's arrest, the spokesperson said.
CNN has reached out to Morgan for comment.
A memorabilia collector, Morgan reportedly became close to Lee after the death of his wife, Joan Lee, in 2017.
Before his death, Stan Lee was granted a temporary restraining order against Morgan that banned him from abusing, harassing or contacting Lee and required him to stay at least 100 yards away from him.
"Petitioner, along with law enforcement and Adult Protective Services, believes that Mr. Morgan is unduly influencing Mr. Lee and isolating him," a petition for the restraining order, filed last June by Lee's former attorney, Tom Lallas, stated.
At the time, Morgan denied the allegations.
"I have taken great care of Stan Lee for the past many years, and have never had a problem directly with Stan. I have a fantastic relationship with him for the past many years as he has stated countless times on the record and I literally saved his life once," Morgan told TMZ. "I will 100% prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the allegations against me are false."
Lee was the creator of dozens of iconic comic figures, including Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man and Black Panther.
CNN has reached out to Lee's representatives for comment.
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