Prosecutors in Los Angeles will reportedly charge Stan Lee’s former manager with elder abuse, false imprisonment and grand theft all against the late Marvel comics co-creator.
Keya Morgan, was detained in Arizona on Saturday after a warrant for his arrest was issued earlier in the month, and appeared in court.
He is expected to be extradited to Los Angeles, where formal charges will be filed against him, according to CNN.
Earlier in the month, a Los Angeles Superior Court spokeswoman said that Morgan faced five charges, including false imprisonment, fraud and forgery.
If Morgan is convicted on all five charges, he could face up to a decade behind bars.
Morgan’s bail has been set at $300,000 (£237,000).
Stan Lee, who died last November aged 95, is known as creating some of the more popular superhero characters in history, including Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man.
His comic book creations spawned dozens of films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and he even made a cameo appearance in every movie up until his death, including in Avengers: Endgame.
Months before his death, a temporary restraining order was issued against Morgan following allegations of elder abuse.
At the time, a lawyer for Lee said Morgan – a New-York based memorabilia collector – had “inserted himself into Mr Lee’s life”, following the death of the comic book writer’s wife.
Morgan denied allegations of abuse last year.
Court documents from 2018 show that Morgan was accused of taking control of Lee’s home in Hollywood Hills and hiring security guards to keep away Lee’s family and friends.
It is also claimed that Morgan then moved Lee to a new home that he was not familiar with.
Morgan’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Source: SKY NEWS