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'Marvel'lous Stan Lee Sued For Sexual Misconduct By Chicago Masseuse

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| April 25 , 2018 , 15:01 IST

Known for creating the most loved comic characters including Spiderman and the Hulk, the 95-year-old Stan Lee was accused of sexual misconduct by a Chicago masseuse. She alleged the Marvel creator of inappropriate behaviour during two massage sessions last year.

The massage therapist named Maria Carballo has filed the lawsuit seeking more than $50,000 in punitive damages and attorney fees from the writer on Monday. She has accused Stan Lee of fondling himself and touching her with his genitalia during the massage sessions.

Carballo claimed that she was enraged when Stan Lee kept moaning and touching her inappropriately during the second session and instantly stopped the massage following which the writer stood up abruptly and demanded her to continue the treatment.

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The masseuse was reportedly sent to Lee's hotel suite at the McCormick Place Hyatt Regency on two occasions. While the Chicago Police have started an investigation into the matter, Lee’s attorney Jonathan Freund has denied all the accusations calling the lawsuit "a shakedown".

"The guy is 95, I don't think he would do that," Freund was quoted by the Tribune as saying. He added, "He is a high-profile public figure and I think it's a shakedown." Earlier, Carballo was afraid of speaking out against the renowned personality that the recent outrage against sexual harassment strengthened her.

"After seeing other women fight to be treated with dignity and respect, I decided, me too," the masseuse stated. On a related note, Stan Lee has faced a similar accusation in January when nurses who cared for Lee at his Los Angeles home alleged him of sexual assault and harassment.