Stan Lee’s Ex-Business Manager Cleared Of Theft Charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles decide declared a mistrial and dismissed grand theft prices Tuesday in opposition to a former enterprise supervisor of Marvel Comics mastermind Stan Lee.

Superior Court docket Choose George Lomeli dismissed the costs in opposition to Keya Morgan, who was accused of stealing from Lee, when a jury was deadlocked 11-1 in favor of acquittal after two days of deliberations and a 2 1/2-week trial.

Lomeli stated he was stepping in to clear Morgan of three felony counts of grand theft from an elder “in the interests of justice,” based on Selection.

“My client and I have spent four years proving his innocence and today we prevailed,” Morgan’s legal professional Alex Kessel stated in an e mail to The Related Press.

Stan Lee, left, and Keya Morgan, proper.

Prosecutors had alleged that Morgan, 41, stole greater than $220,000 in proceeds from three memorabilia signings from Lee about six months earlier than Lee died in 2018. Morgan was arrested the next yr. Preliminary prices of elder abuse and false imprisonment in opposition to Morgan have been dropped lengthy earlier than the trial.

The prosecution argued through the trial that Morgan had preyed on Lee when Lee was in psychological decline within the final months of his life, and acted with out authority on his behalf. Kessel argued that the lacking cash really went to Lee’s daughter and inheritor J.C. Lee, who was a witness through the trial.

The proceedings have been largely overshadowed by the simultaneous trials of disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein and actor Danny Masterson, which have been happening concurrently with Morgan’s on the identical hallway of a downtown LA courthouse.

An after-hours e mail despatched to the Los Angeles County District Lawyer’s Office searching for remark was not instantly returned.

Lee, the artistic dynamo who co-created characters together with Spider-Man, the Improbable 4 and the Unimaginable Hulk for Marvel and made beloved cameos within the films that featured his creations, died in November of 2018 at age 95.