Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee is no hero to one ex-sidekick who is suing him for alleged “severe and constant” mental abuse while working for the Marvel Comics icon.
Former assistant Shawn Lukaszewicz, 29, slapped 92-year-old Lee, along with his wife Joan, 93, and daughter Joan Celia, 67, with a lawsuit accusing them of inflicting emotional distress amid unrelenting insults and threats during his employment from October 2014 up to his firing in June 2015.
Papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court state that in late April, Lukaszewicz had to drive the mastermind behind Spider-Man, the X-Men, and the Incredible Hulk to meet Manny Pacquaio.
The boxer didn’t make the meeting because he was due to leave for Vegas to fight Floyd Mayweather. But the suit states that Lee instead berated Lukaszewicz for driving too slow, calling him a “[f - - king] idiot. You wasted my time . . . Everyone at the office thinks you are a [f - - king] a - - hole.” Lukaszewicz says he was then threatened with being fired for “kidnapping Stan Lee.”
He also claims he was asked to deliver mail to Lee who answered the intercom, “Get the [f - - k] out and never ring my damn doorbell again.”
He claims his initial job for Lee was to create a booth for his Comikaze convention, but Lee lambasted Lukaszewicz, saying he’d done a “s - - tty job” and the booth was “f - - king embarrassing.”
Lukaszewicz claimed he was also subjected to abuse by Lee’s daughter, known as JC, who told him “you are f - - king stupid,” as well as calling him a “retarded a - - hole.” He also claims JC would drink alcohol and become “severely abusive.” In March, JC called him and said, “You are my little bitch,” the papers claim.
Lukaszewicz was “constantly reminded how lucky he was to work for the most powerful people in the entertainment industry, and he, therefore, should ‘suck it up’ and be thankful for the abuse,” he says in the suit, which adds that they refused to pay him for all the hours he worked.
Kirk Schenck, Attorney for JC Lee, said the former assistant’s lawsuit, “should never have been filed and will likely quickly be dismissed.” He said JC Lee had filed a separate lawsuit against the ex-assistant which involves allegations, “Mr. Lukaszewicz committed fraud, conversion and breach of contract against, and harassed and falsely imprisoned, JC Lee leading to his immediate dismissal.”
JC Lee claims in her complaint, also filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, that in June Lukaszewicz falsely imprisoned her in her car after driving her to San Francisco, then refused to let her exit the vehicle, while “yelling and threatening” and demanding she pay him his agreed driving fee of $700 plus his air fare back to L.A. She finally persuaded him to drive back to their hotel and release her after ten minutes.
JC Lee also claims in her court filing that Lukaszewicz, along with other defendants, conspired to cut her out of business deals and made at least one threat to file a Worker’s Compensation Claim unless he was paid $100,000 by Stan Lee.
Lee runs POW! Entertainment, also named in the suit. Company reps did not respond to us.