A masseuse is suing Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee, accusing him of sexual misconduct during two massage sessions in April 2017.
The 95-year-old comic book mogul is best known as the creator of iconic superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man and the X-Men.
The Associated Press reports that Maria Carballo filed a suit against Lee and his assistant, Mac Anderson, on Monday (April 23). She is seeking over $50,000 in punitive damages and attorney fees.
Carballo has also filed a criminal complaint with Chicago police, who are investigating the allegations.
According to Page Six, Carballo’s complaint involves five counts: assault, battery, violation of the Illinois Gender Violence Act, emotional distress and civil conspiracy.
Lee is accused of fondling himself, moaning loudly and grabbing Carballo’s foot and touching it against his genitals.
“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,” Carballo said in a statement.
“After seeing other women fight to be treated with dignity and respect, I decided, me too. I am still nervous and afraid, but not as much as I was before because I have other people helping me.”
Lee’s attorney Jonathan Freund has called the lawsuit “a shakedown” and told The Chicago Tribune that Lee denies the claims.
In January, Lee was accused of groping and harassing young nurses employed to care for him at his Hollywood Hills home. In response, Lee’s lawyer said at the time that he “categorically denies” the “false and despicable allegations” and intended to clear his “stellar good name”.
In February, Lee revealed that he had been fighting pneumonia.
As concern continued to grow around the 95-year-old’s care and wellbeing, Kevin Smith invited Lee to come and live with him earlier in April.