No, Stan Lee. Not you too.
Continuing a string of sexual assault allegations sparked after the ousting of film executive Harvey Weinstein in October last year, Marvel creator Stan Lee is the most recent celebrity caught in the crosshairs to be accused of sexual misconduct.
The accusation comes from Lee’s former nursing company, which claims that Lee groped and harassed multiple nurses who were employed under him last year. The claims specify that these instances involved asking for oral sex in the shower, walking around naked, and wanted to be “pleasured” in the bedroom.
Despite these claims, the company has filed no police complaint, nor any lawsuits against Lee. However, Lee’s attorney Tom Lallas did send a cease-and-desist letter to the company, accusing the “false and despicable” claims as attempting to defame Lee’s character.
“Mr. Lee will not be extorted or blackmailed, and will pay no money to anyone because he has done absolutely nothing wrong,” Lallas said.
An insider on the accusations said the owner of Lee’s former nursing company has openly stated that Lee has sexually harassed every single nurse that went to his house, and that she even complained directly to Lee about the accusations. The source said that Lee has “lost his filter.”
However, Julie Wozniak, spokeswoman for Lee’s current nursing company Vitale Nursing Inc., defended Lee, saying he’s a kind and respectful man, adding that it’s been a privilege to take care of the comic-book author. This is Lee’s first sexual harassment accusation during his long career in the entertainment industry.
Creator of many notable superheroes including Spider-Man, the Hulk, and the X-Men, the 95-year-old publisher is a pop culture icon adored by the comic-book and moviegoing community alike. The Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is heavily based on many of his characters, is the highest-grossing film franchise of all time at $13 billion, with Lee making cameos in many of the associated films. His wife of 70 years Joan passed away last year from stroke complications. Their daughter Joan Celia is their only child.
This story will be updated as more details are revealed in the coming weeks.
– David Dunn
SOURCE: The Daily Mail, Comicbook.com