In a recent document allegedly signed by Stan Lee , the former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief/chairman accused his daughter, Joan Celia “J.C.” Lee, and his friend, Keya Morgan, of attempting to “gain control over [his] assets, property and money.”
That document was signed nearly two months ago. Fast forward to Tuesday, and the living legend is denying those claims while simultaneously standing by both his daughter and Morgan.
In fact, in a pair of videos filmed for the Hollywood Reporter, the 95-year-old Lee said, “my relationship with my daughter has never been better and my friend, Keya Morgan and I, also have a great relationship.”
That denial would seem to contradict a Feb. 13 document Lee put his signature on that stated Morgan was one of a trio of men, including his daughter’s ex-consultant (Jerardo “Jerry” Olivarez) and her attorney (Kirk Schenck), with “bad intentions” trying to get Joan to wipe his fortune (with an estimated worth of $50-$70 million) out.
The papers, acquired by the Hollywood Reporter, state that the 68-year-old J.C. “never had the ability to understand or manage money,” which was supported by a claim that she often overspent money given to her in a trust setup by Stan and his late wife, Joan B. Lee. That same document also claims that J.C. would demand that properties be transferred in her name, which Stan claims he always resisted.
In an effort to rectify this problem after he’s gone, the document says Stan intended to establish a “Irrevocable Trust” to pay expenses for his home and condo. If J.C. wanted to, she would then be able to live there. If that is not
what she wanted to do, then she could sell the properties (or rent them out) and be paid in the money earned from that.
Meanwhile, Lallas defended himself with a statement to People that said :
“I knew, when Mr. Lee signed the Declaration, that he suffers from macular degeneration that makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for Mr. Lee to read documents. Accordingly, before Mr. Lee signed the Declaration, I told him that I was going to read it to him, in its entirety, and make any changes that he wanted made before presenting it to him for signature, and Mr. Lee agreed with this suggestion.
“I read the Declaration to Mr. Lee word for word, line by line, sentence by sentence, from beginning to end,” he continued. “After each paragraph, I asked Mr. Lee if the paragraph I had just read was accurate, or if he wanted any changes to be made. Except for one paragraph, in each case, when I asked Mr. Lee these two questions after reading a paragraph, he told me that the paragraph I read to him was accurate, and no changes were necessary With respect to one paragraph, Mr. Lee directed me to make two changes, I made the changes as instructed by Mr. Lee, I read to him the revised paragraph, and he told me it was accurate and required no further changes. Mr. Lee then signed the Declaration, and the notary signed the notarial acknowledgment.”