LOS ANGELES: Comic books legend Stan Lee is suing the leisure company he co-founded for damages topping $1 billion, accusing bosses of attempting to steal his picture, in response to court docket paperwork filed Tuesday.
The criticism, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court and printed by a number of US leisure media shops, alleges that POW! Entertainment CEO Shane Duffy and co-founder Gill Champion failed to totally open up to Lee particulars of the agency’s 2017 sale to Camsing International.
The leisure icon contends that they took benefit of him at a time when he was despondent over the dying of his spouse Joan and affected by macular degeneration, a situation affecting the eyes.
The 95-year-old co-creator of many superhero characters, together with Black Panther and Spider-Man, alleges he was duped into signing a fraudulent settlement that gave POW! unique rights to his identify, id and likeness.
According to the lawsuit, Lee was unable to learn the doc as a result of his eye situation, and he would not keep in mind anybody studying it to him, suggesting that his signature could have been solid, copied or induced.
“In addition, POW! took control of Lee’s personal social media accounts, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, thereby impersonating Lee before a combined 15 million followers worldwide,” the criticism reads.
There has been no response from POW! Entertainment to the lawsuit. But in April, the company issued a press release expressing concern for Lee amid stories that he was the sufferer of elder abuse.
“We at POW! Entertainment take great pride in our continuing work to create exciting new Stan Lee content and characters as well as safeguarding the legacy of the greatest storyteller of our time,” the assertion stated.
“We are also fans and share the heartfelt admiration and love of the community who have voiced their sincere concern for Stan´s wellbeing.”
There had been extra unfavorable headlines when it emerged final month that Lee was being sued by therapeutic massage therapist Maria Carballo for sexual assault and battery. She accuses him of inappropriate touching and misconduct throughout two periods final yr in Chicago.
Lee’s lawyer Jonathan Freund has denied the allegations to the Chicago Tribune newspaper.
Lee has confronted the same declare earlier than. In January, the Daily Mail reported on allegations of sexual assault and harassment by nurses who cared for Lee at his Los Angeles house.
Lee’s representatives denied these allegations.