Following reports that Stan Lee is a victim of elder abuse, Kevin Smith has reached out to the co-creator of some of Marvel’s most iconic heroes to offer him a helping hand.
A story from The Hollywood Reporter alleges that since his wife’s death last year, Lee has been involved in disputes with his daughter over finances and his estate, with multiple figures in his life looking to take advantage of the pair. Just last week, a report surfaced that Stan Lee’s blood had been stolen to sign comics that were subsequently sold in L.A. for up to $500 a pop.
“This is heartbreaking,” Smith said in a retweet of the story. “We love you, Stan Lee. You are always welcome to come live with me – or please let us fans buy you a new place to live. We miss you, sir.”
In response to the claims of abuse, a video message from Stan Lee was posted on Twitter by Keya Morgan. In the message, Lee says his relationship with his daughter has “never been better,” calling the reports “inaccurate” and “insulting.”
Morgan is one of three men in mentioned in THR’s story who has allegedly used his influence to manipulate Stan Lee’s daughter. In Lee’s aforementioned video message, he calls Morgan his best friend.
A second video statement was published on TMZ, in which Lee threatened legal action if the reports did not desist.
“You people have been publishing the most hateful, harmful material about me, and about my friend Keya and some others,” he said. “Material which is totally incorrect, totally based on slander, totally the type of thing that I’m gonna sue your a** off [for] when I get a chance.”
He reiterated that claims of elder abuse were not true, ending the video by demanding retractions and threatening legal action.