The estate of Anne Heche is being sued by the woman whose house caught fire in the late actress’s fatal car accident in August.
Lynne Mishele said she and her pets nearly lost their lives when Anne’s car slammed into her Los Angeles home on August 5.
In a lawsuit obtained by Page Six, Lynne said Anne’s Mini Cooper came to a stop just before it hit her after it “ran through the front of her house and deep inside.” “The sudden and terrifying explosion shook her to the core,” she added.
Since the accident, Lynne has never been the same, saying she was left “completely traumatized, unusually startled at hearing loud noises, plagued by nightmares and flashbacks of the incident, terrified at the idea of walking outside and, on top of that, having no place to live.”
Additionally, she said “a lifetime’s worth” of property and possessions was lost in the fire.
Police later said Anne’s blood test came back positive for cocaine and fentanyl, which Lynne noted in the lawsuit, which was filed Monday, November 14.
Lynne is seeking $2 million in damages.
While Lynne was able to escape hell fairly quickly, the same cannot be said for Anne, as she was trapped in her car for over 45 minutes as the house around her burned down.
In September, NBC4 reported that firefighters were unable to reach Anne for nearly 30 minutes as she was surrounded by flames and smoke. Then it took another 20 minutes to get her out of the car.
“Given the intense fire and smoke conditions, it was not that you could clearly see into the vehicle or be clearly able to access it,” LAFD Deputy Chief Richard Fields said. “Thick smoke conditions, intense fire conditions, making it very difficult for us to see ourselves inside a working structure fire.”
When Anne was found, she was not in the driver’s seat of the car, but rather leaning against the floor of the passenger seat.
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Since her tragic death, a battle over her estate has ensued, with Anne’s 20-year-old son Homer Laffoon filing a petition to be named executor. He requested that he and his half-brother, Atlas Tupper, be the sole heirs of their mother. But, shortly after, Anne’s ex-boyfriend, ‘Men In Trees’ actor James Tupper, submitted an email the actress allegedly sent him in 2011 in which she asked to manage his estate in the event of his death.
In his court filing, Homer acknowledges that the email is real but argues that it is illegitimate due to its “[failure] to meet the legal requirements of a formal will valid before a witness” because it “was not signed by [Heche] and does not have two witnesses who signed the document during [her] lifetime.”
He added: “Mr. Tupper repeatedly refers to the e-mail … as a ‘will’. However, at law, the e-mail is not considered a holograph will or a formal will in front of witness.”