In early August, the world was shocked to learn that veteran television actress — and member of the Disney family — Anne Heche had been involved in a violent and fiery car crash in Los Angeles. Things looked bleak for the actress from the outset and just three days later, Heche was pronounced brain-dead. Her family also shared that she would be helping others by donating her organs and would then be taken off life support.
It was a tragic end to a tumultuous life, but Heche’s two children said that they would always remember what a wonderful mother and friend she was to those in her life.
It has been more than three months since Heche’s sudden death, but now the renter of the home that was damaged in the crash is suing Heche’s estate. Lynne Mishele, who was renting the home at the time of the accident, claims that more than $2 million in damage was done to the home and that the crash had inflicted emotional distress. She also claims that Heche committed negligence and trespass when she accidentally crashed the car into the house. More damage was done when the car erupted into flames.
A copy of the lawsuit was obtained by People, and it states:
“[Mishele] was working from home when she was stunned by the dramatic force of Heche’s vehicle slamming through the front wall and driving through the living room, kitchen, home office, and primary room closet before settling into the laundry/storage room of her house…
The front end of the car, incredibly, came to a halt just feet away from Plaintiff and her pets: two dogs named Bree and Rueben and a tortoise named Marley. By God’s grace, Plaintiff and her three pets barely escaped physical impact from the car crash,” the documents add, going on to describe Mishele as “terrified, severely traumatized, and without a place to live,” as a result of the crash.
The court documents further state that Ms. Mishele lost all of her possessions in the accident. The homeowners said it took more than an hour for the to extinguish the flames.
“She was only wearing sweatpants and a tanktop and did not even have shoes on. As a result of the deadly incident caused by Heche, the home and all of Plaintiff’s personal property were completely burned and destroyed, including an entire lifetime of possessions, pictures and mementos, all her business papers and equipment, her laptop and iPad, all of her clothing, basic necessities, and household items.”
Mishele’s lawyer also claims that, since the accident, she has been battling anxiety and depression.
“Plaintiff has been unable to sleep and is battling acute anxiety and depression. She has also been unable to operate her home business because of her physical displacement and fragile mental health caused by Defendants’ irresponsible behavior. She has received counseling, but remains traumatized by Defendants’ actions.”
Not long after the accident, Lynne Mishele sent her condolences to the late actress’s family — mainly her children — saying that news of the actress’s death was “devastating”.
Heche’s representatives have not responded to the lawsuit.