An ugly fight over Stan Lee’s finances is headed to court, as a lawsuit was filed Friday accusing a former publicist of elder abuse.
Jerry Olivarez, who has been closely involved in the former Marvel chairman’s affairs, is accused of draining $1.4 million from Lee’s accounts, buying a West Hollywood condo with Lee’s funds, and setting up a fake charity to sell comic books stamped with Lee’s blood. Lee is 95, and according to the suit, became vulnerable to financial swindles following the death of his wife last July.
Hands of Respect, the purported charity, held itself out as promoting racial harmony. According to its website, blood was drawn from Lee with his “full support and at his urging,” and then used to stamp “DNA Ink” on comic books “as legacy and for his fans.” According to the suit, however, Lee did not consent to the idea.