TMZ currently appears to be Stan Lee associate Keya Morgan's outlet of choice. Today he issued them a video of Stan Lee "calling on behalf of myself and my friend Keya Morgan." Morgan was with Lee this past weekend at Silicon Valley Comic Con.
Morgan's video unfortunately appeared on TMZ sponsored by TV show Breaking Homicide, which caused further disquiet to some who read it.
You can watch the video on TMZ. Here are some brief excerpts of Stan's statements.
Hi, this is Stan Lee and I'm calling on behalf of myself and my friend Keya Morgan.
Now, you people have been publishing the most hateful, harmful material about me, and about my friend Keya, and some others. Material which is totally incorrect, totally based on slander, totally the type of thing that I'm going to sue your ass off when I get a chance.
Contrary to TMZ's headline, which was widely copied by other news outlets, note that Stan Lee makes no denials regarding his physical state, nor does he address it at all. What he does say specifically is that there is a "one-man campaign" against… someone. Is it against himself, or another party? That is unclear.
Well, I want you to know I'm going to spend every penny I have to put a stop to this and to make you sorry that you've suddenly gone on a one-man campaign against somebody with no proof, no evidence, no anything, but you've decided that people are mistreating me and therefore you're going to publish those articles.
If one presumes that Stan is sound and well here, then it also seems reasonable to presume that as a writer and editor of 75+ years experience, he has chosen his words carefully.
Morgan is one of a number of individuals covered by Gary Baum's piece in the Hollywood Reporter this week, which has seen considerable re-reporting by many other websites. One of Morgan's motivations claimed in the article was wanting to film a biopic of Stan's life.
There have been concerns expressed by many of Stan's colleagues over the level of Stan's care over recent months, with a number of figures including Morgan being mentioned. It came to a height this weekend at the Silicon Valley Comic Con, Stan Lee's first signing show in months, where he often appeared to be unresponsive, going through the motions. There was one haunting scene where Morgan repeatedly helped Stan Lee spell his own name. However, Morgan had reiterated Stan Lee's wish to be at the show to Bleeding Cool, and his daughter JC Lee was also positive about it all beforehand — despite later telling Bleeding Cool she was not happy with the con's signing situation, fell out badly with Morgan at the show, and was advised by her lawyer to leave. Morgan is also currently on probation for a period of 24 months following a misdemeanor charge of Criminal Threats in California.
Bleeding Cool has strived at all times to represent a variety of viewpoints on this matter from informed individuals and provide balance when doing so. We invite further commentary from those close to the situation and will continue to monitor the situation with care.