Stan Lee: Comics Legend Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Unless you’re a film buff or actually work in the entertainment industry, a few of the sex monsters named in #MeToo stories probably prompted some googling. Even of the names you recognized, you probably only liked a couple.

But sometimes, even the most beloved figures are accused of doing heinous, inexcusable things.

Stan Lee, the comics legends who is almost synonymous with superheroes, has been accused of sexual misconduct.

Stan Lee was the editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics for many years. He’s credited with having created Spider-Man, the X-Men, and the Incredible Hulk amoung countless other superheroes.

He has one of, and perhaps the, most recognizable names in the entire comics industry.

His cameos in most live-action Marvel properties are beloved by fans.

For years, when the 95-year-old Stan Lee’s name has trended on Twitter, fans have tensed and then breathed a sigh of relief upon seeing that he’s still alive. A lot of celebrity deaths get “announced” on Twitter.

This time, though he’s still very much alive, fans didn’t get to breathe a sign of relief. This news might be worse than fans had feared.

The Daily Mail reports that Stan Lee is accused of multiple forms of sexual misconduct directs towards much younger women at his L.A. mansion.

A nursing company that was providing at-home care for him (he is, again, 95 years old) reportedly stopped working with him after receiving a series of complaints about his inappropriate behavior.

Young female nurses alleged that he:

-groped them

-demanded oral sex from them in the shower and asked to be “pleasured” in the bedroom

-walked around his home naked while the nurses were present

According to The Daily Mail‘s source:

“Stan is an old man who has seemingly lost his way.”

That implies that he wasn’t always like this, which is great to hear.

“He doesn’t seem to care what people think of him, he’s lost his filter.”

Suggesting that this horrible behavior was brought about by dementia rather than the sort of power trip that accused monsters like Harvey Weinstein seemed to enjoy.

“There has been a stream of young nurses coming to his house in West Hollywood and he has been sexually harassing them. He finds it funny.”

It’s not funny. We have a feeling that the Stan Lee 10 years ago, or 30, wouldn’t have found it funny.

“He walks around naked and is vulgar towards the women, he asks them for oral sex in the shower and wants to be pleasured in his bedroom. He uses the word p—y and f–k in their presence.”

The source continues:

“He’s also very handsy and has groped some of the women, it’s unacceptable behavior, especially from an icon like Stan.”

No one should be groped without their consent, by anyone.

“The owner at the nursing company has openly said to people that Stan has sexually harassed every single nurse that has been to the house.”

It sounds like she was warning people.

“That got back to Lee and sparked this whole thing.”

There’s a cease-and-desist letter that the nursing company has received, and we’ll get to that in a moment.

“It appears the owner, who has nursed Stan herself, eventually decided enough was enough.”

Stan Lee now has nurses provided by a new nursing company; these nurses are tasks with taking his blood pressure, bringing him food and drinks, and ensuring that he takes his medication.

Stan Lee’s attorney Tom Lallas, who has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the nursing company from which these claims originate, says:

“Mr. Lee categorically denies these false and despicable allegations and he fully intends to fight to protect his stellar good name and impeccable character.”

So, in other words, Tom Lallas is doing his job.

“We are not aware of anyone filing a civil action, or reporting these issues to the police, which for any genuine claim would be the more appropriate way for it to be handled.”

Not everyone goes to police. Or wants to go public. Did you know that one of Roy Moore’s accusers had her house burned down? Stan Lee is a very popular man with a lot of passionate fans.

“Instead, Mr. Lee has received demands to pay money and threats that if he does not do so, the accuser will go to the media.”

That’s … something that we’d like to hear more of. Who allegedly tried to blackmail him, exactly? Which of the many, many nurses?

“Mr Lee will not be extorted or blackmailed, and will pay no money to anyone because he has done absolutely nothing wrong.”

Stan Lee’s wife Joan Lee passed away just last summer at 93.

Stan Lee and the media empire that he helped to create — remember, the Marvel movie franchise is the most financially successful film franchise in history — has a lot of passionate fans who are going to have strong opinions.

To us, based upon these allegations, this sounds like a sad story. Not a story of a monster, though we’ve heard so many of those recently, but a man who has literally lost his self-control.

And if someone really did try to shake him down? That would be terrible and cruel.

No matter what, this is an awful story.


Dick Enberg Dies; Broadcasting Legend Was 82 Years Old

Dick Enberg, the Hall of Fame sports broadcaster whose work across various leagues and events endeared him to fans across the globe, passed away on Thursday night.

He was 82 years old.

Bryce Miller, a columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribute confirmed this unfortunate news in a Tweet, saying Enberg’s wife, Barbara, believed her husband died of a heart attack.

“Such a legend. Such a gentleman. There are no words,” Miller added in his post.

The announcer’s daughter, Nicole, told ESPN that the family grew concerned when Enberg didn’t arrive on his flight to Boston yesterday, adding that he was found dead at his home in La Jolla, a San Diego neighborhood, with his bags packed.

His loved ones are awaiting on an official cause of death.

Known for his catchphrase of “Oh my!,” Enberg was a fixture in American living rooms for decades, calling NFL and MLB games and Wimbledon for NBC, CBS and ESPN.

He was one of the few broadcasters who could easily switch between nearly any sport.

In total, he covered 28 Wimbledons… 10 Super Bowls … and eight NCAA men’s basketball title games, including iconic Magic Johnson-Larry Bird showdown in 1979.

Most recently, Enberg had served as the main play-by-play voice of the San Diego Padres, retiring in 2016 after seven seasons with the team.

Said that baseball team in a statement upon learning this sad news:

“We are immensely saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg.

“Dick was an institution in the industry for 60 years and we were lucky enough to have his iconic voice behind the microphone for Padres games for nearly a decade.

“On behalf of our entire organization, we send our deepest condolences to his wife, Barbara, and the entire Enberg family.”

Miller says San Diego has offered its home ball park to Enberg’s family if they wish to hold any sort of memorial there.

Over his career, Enberg won 13 Sports Emmy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy.

He even received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – and UCLA named its media center in Pauley Pavilion after Enberg this year.

Enberg retired with numerous broadcasting honors, including the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Rozelle Award and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Gowdy Award.

He would have turned 83 on January 9.

Born and raised in Michigan, the legendary sports figure graduated from Central Michigan University, where he started his broadcasting career as an undergraduate.

He later moved to California, doing small screen work for the UCLA Bruins and radio work for the California Angels and Los Angeles Rams.

His death has reverberated around Twitter.

As you can see below, in a small sampling, nearly everyone in the sports broadcasting word had kind words to say about the late announcer:

enberg tweets

Enberg is the only individual to win Emmy Awards as a sportscaster, a writer and a producer.

On Thursday, an Enberg interview was published as part of his “Sound of Success” podcast.

His guest was veteran TV producer and executive Andy Friendly.

At one point in the extensive Q&A, Friendly stopped to share his admiration for the host, saying simply:

“You are one of my true heroes and one of the true greats of our business, Dick. It’s a real honor, and I’m not just blowing smoke, and I know your listeners know this already.

“I am talking to broadcast royalty today, and I am thrilled to be doing it.”

May Dick Enberg rest in peace.