Stan Lee Accused of Sexual Misconduct
A Chicago-area masseuse has accused Stan Lee of sexual misconduct. According to a lawsuit obtained by Los Angeles ABC station KABC, Maria Carballo has accused Lee of assault, battery, violation of the Illinois Gender Violence Act, and emotional distress. The incidents happened on two separate sessions on April 21 and 22 back in 2017 in a Chicago hotel room.
Carballo is seeking more than $50,000 in damages for each count and reimbursement for her attorney fees.
“For a long time, I was afraid to ask anyone to help me hold Mr. Lee accountable for how he treated me. He is rich and famous. I am not. After seeing other women fight to be treated with dignity and respect, I decided, ‘Me too,'” Carballo stated. “I am still nervous and afraid, but not as much as I was before because I have other people helping me.”
Lee’s attorney did not immediately respond to KABC’s request for comment, but did tell The Chicago Tribune that Lee was shocked by the allegations, which he denied. The attorney also said he was not aware of a criminal investigation and said the allegations might be part of “a shakedown.”
“The guy is 95,” he added. “I don’t think he would do that.”
Lee allegedly fondled himself while lying face down and later began to moan which made Carballo so uncomfortable that she ended the massage early. The owner of Therapy Professionals, asked that she return to Lee’s hotel room to give him a second massage upon his request.
Carballo returned to Lee’s hotel to give him a second massage after being pressured by her boss. During which he began to moan againt. To create distance from him, she began to do the massage with her feet, at which point Lee allegedly put his genitals against her foot, according to the lawsuit. After that, she claims she immediately stopped the massage and left, the lawsuit states.
“Not long thereafter, [Carballo] told her daughter and best friend about what happened but was fearful that, in light of Lee’s wealth and status, reporting the incident to the police would hurt her job,” the lawsuit states. “After seeing other women protest in connection with the Me Too movement, [she] decided to fight for her dignity by standing up for herself.”
This is the second instance this year Stan Lee has been accused of misconduct. He was involved in a lawsuit with a nursing company claiming he was groping the nurses in his home. He denied those claims.