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.


Joan Lee Dies; Beloved Wife of Stan Lee Was 93

Joan Lee, the long-time wife of Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee, passed away on Thursday in Los Angeles.

She was 93 years old.

While Lee’s exact cause of death is unknown at this time, she suffered a stroke early in the week and was hospitalized as a result.

“I can confirm the sad news that Joan Lee passed away this morning quietly and surrounded by her family,” a spokesperson for Stan Lee and his family said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

“The family ask that you please give them time to grieve and respect their privacy during this difficult time.”

Joan Lee was a former British hat model who married the comic book legend way back on December 5, 1947.

They had two children together, a daughter named Joan Celia, who was born in 1950; and a daughter named Jan, who tragically died three days after her birth in 1953.

Wrote Marvel in a statements of its own, paying tribute to its founder’s beloved wife of 69 years:

“We are so saddened to hear about the loss of Joan Lee.

“We lost a member of the Marvel family today and our thoughts and prayers go out to Stan and his daughter Joan in this difficult time.”

Just last year, Lee admitted that when he met Joan, he realized that she was “the girl I had been drawing all my life.”

She reportedly served as the inspiration behind Gwen Stacy, the first love of Spider-Man’s Peter Parker, who was portrayed on the big screen by Emma Stone in 2012.

“Stan has always said I have a cartoon face,” Joan Lee said in an interview in 2002. “I never felt that was kind of complimentary!”

Talking with passion and excitement about his wife with The Hollywood Reporter several months ago, Lee said the following:

“I’m a nut for English accents! She said, ‘May I help you?’ And I took a look at her, and I think I said something crazy like, ‘I love you.’

“I don’t remember exactly. But anyway, I took her to lunch… I think I proposed at lunch.”

In 1981, Stan and Joan moved from New York City to California so the former could work on developing Marvel television and movie projects.

Joan did voice work on a pair of 1990s animated Marvel shows, Fantastic Four (as Miss Forbes) and Spider-Man (as Madame Web). She also made a cameo in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse.

That’s her and her famous husband featured in a scene from last year’s blockbuster above.

“My mother is so out-of-the-box and talented,” Joan Celia told The Huffington Post in 2015.

She then said of her parents:

“It’s like watching a love story. It’s been such a joy. And I’ve gone into the world, and I’ve travelled, and I’ve done my art, but I’ll tell you:

“I’ve never found anything better than my parents – and their talent and genius, and their love story.”

Wow. How amazing and special.

We send our condolences to Joan Celia and Stan Lee and we hope Joan is resting in peace.