Stan “The Man” Lee, the well-known face of Marvel Comics, has had serious allegations of sexual harassment levied against him, by multiple members of a home-nursing company who have been working with Lee over the past few years.
The 95-year-old industry veteran started with Marvel Comics in 1939 and co-created such well-known characters as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, and more.
In regards to the allegations, no lawsuits have been filed nor have any official police complaints been made; a source with knowledge of the situation explained things to UK news service The Daily Mail:
“Stan is an old man who has seemingly lost his way. He doesn’t seem to care what people think of him, he’s lost his filter. 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.
“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. He’s also very handsy and has groped some of the women, it’s unacceptable behavior, especially from an icon like Stan.
“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. That got back to Lee and sparked this whole thing. It appears the owner, who has nursed Stan herself, eventually decided enough was enough.”
The nursing company in question, currently left anonymous to protect the identities of the women, stopped working with Lee in late 2017; a representative for the company did confirm that the company’s owner received several complaints from nurses who worked at Lee’s home.
Lee, for his part, is categorically denying the claims; a statement released via his attorney, Tom Lallas, reads:
“Mr. Lee categorically denies these false and despicable allegations and he fully intends to fight to protect his stellar good name and impeccable character. 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.
“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. Mr Lee will not be extorted or blackmailed, and will pay no money to anyone because he has done absolutely nothing wrong.”
Lee was married for over 70 years to his wife Joan, before she passed away in July 2017.