The lawsuit accusing Stan Lee of sexual misconduct during a massage in his hotel room has been dismissed.
According to court records obtained by The Blast, a Cook County judge has closed the case brought by Maria Carballo against Lee.
Back in April 2018, massage therapist Maria Carballo sued Stan Lee accusing the legendary comic book creator of sexual misconduct during an encounter in his hotel room.
Lee died on November 12, 2018 and the lawsuit has been pending ever since, with Carballo not taking any real steps to move her case along. Carballo’s lawyer filed docs withdrawing as her representation last month.
The judge then ordered the whole case to be dismissed.
In her lawsuit, Carballo claimed to have been called to Lee’s hotel room at a Hyatt Regency in Chicago, when he began to fondle himself while lying face down and later while she was massaging his quadriceps, she says Lee began to moan and groan.
Carballo claimed she ended the massage early and left the hotel room.
She was called back again the next day for another massage and Lee again moaned. She said she immediately stopped and asked him to put his clothes back on so she could get her things and leave.
She claimed Lee stood up from the table, completely naked, and became angry. Fearing she might get fired, she agreed to continue the massage for another 10 minutes.
At that point, Carballo said she performed a Shiatsu massage using her feet instead of her hands, creating more distance between herself and Lee. After a few minutes, she claimed Lee grabbed her foot “and moved it against his penis and scrotum.”
She said she immediately ended the massage, got her $240 in cash from Lee for the massage, and immediately left. As she was trying to leave, she said Lee’s assistant handed her a wad of cash as a tip. She believed he did so because he knew of Lee’s inappropriate behavior.
Carballo sued for assault, battery, violation of the Illinois Gender Violence Act, emotional distress and civil conspiracy, seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages.