WASHINGTON (CIRCA) – Director Kevin Smith has invited Stan Lee to live with him amid reports the legendary comic book writer is suffering elder abuse.
The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday reported that Lee, 95, is embroiled in a bitter fight over his care and estate with his daughter and her associates.
“This is heartbreaking,” Smith tweeted Tuesday alongside a link to the expose. “We love you, @TheRealStan Lee.”
“You are always welcome to come live with me – or please let us fans buy you a new place to live,” the “Clerks” filmmaker added. “We miss you, sir.”
The Reporter on Tuesday reported that it had obtained a Feb. 13 declaration Lee signed with his then-attorney Tom Lallas.
The declaration stated Lee and his late wife had created a trust for their daughter J.C. as she often overspent and had trouble supporting herself.
“It is not uncommon for J.C. to charge, in any given month, $20,000 to $40,000 on credit cards, sometimes more,” it states.
Lee then states he and his daughter often clash, with the latter having “from time to time” demanded changed to her trust, including the transfer of properties into her name.
“[They] would greatly increase the likelihood of her greatest fear: that after my death, she will become homeless and destitute,” he said of why he had resisted such alterations.
The declaration then notes three men with “bad intentions” – Jerardo “Jerry” Olivarez, Keya Morgan and J.C.’s attorney, Kirk Schenk.
“[They] have insinuated themselves into relationships with J.C. for an ulterior motive and purpose,” it says. “[To] gain control over my assets, property and money.”
The expose reported that Lallas was ultimately ousted as Lee’s attorney following a confrontation heated enough that police were called to the latter’s Hollywood home.
Lee’s phone number has since been changed, and Morgan now composes and monitors the comic book icon’s emails.
Morgan filmed a video of Lee downplaying himself from the February declaration after learning about the Reporter’s article.
“My relationships with my daughter have never been better, and my friend Keya Morgan and I also have a great relationship … anybody who is saying anything [else] … is just spreading lies,” he said in the footage.
Bradley J. Herman, who is Lee’s former asset and business manager, on Tuesday said the Marvel Comics icon needs aid following his deteriorating relationship with his daughter.
“I’m on the verge of tears, because it breaks my heart to see somebody that I love being effectively held prisoner,” Herman said. “He finds himself in need of a superhero himself.”
Lee is the creator of such Marvel Comics superheroes as Black Panther and Spider-Man, a roster that has helped him obtain an estate worth an estimated $50 to $70 million.