Anne Heche's estate sued for $36K in credit card debt 8 months after actress's death in horror crash
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Anne Heche's estate has been sued for $36,000 in credit card debt. The news comes months after the late actress died in a vehicle accident, leaving behind around $110,000 in cash and cheques.
The 52-year-old ‘Six Days, Seven Nights' actress left a sizable inheritance to her 21-year-old son, Homer Laffoon. Homer was elected permanent administrator of her estate in November 2022.
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Anne Heche's son Homer Laffoon found uncashed checks worth $34K after his mother's death
Piling bills and debt
According to court records acquired by The Blast, the actress, who was in a rumored romance with Ellen DeGeneres, had a Citibank/Citi Mastercard balance of $36,131.35. However, when Heche died, she owed $62,011.35 until a $25,850.00 payment reduced the balance. The findings come nearly a year after Heche was killed in a terrible vehicle accident in Los Angeles on August 5, 2013.
The ‘Supercell’ actress died with $77,000 in a Merrill bank account and $33,000 in uncashed royalty and residual payments, according to court records acquired by DailyMail.com last month. While going through his mother's belongings, Homer discovered 27 uncashed checks from NBCUniversal, Disney, Paramount, and Warner Brothers, according to Radar Online.
The highest cheque, for $25,000, was written by Cast and Crew Production Services on June 10, 2022, only a few months before Heche died. The $110,000 in bank monies and uncashed cheques is a partial inventory of Heche's assets compiled by Homer for LA Superior Court Probate Judge Lee Bogdanoff. Aside from the cash and checks, Homer estimated the value of his mother's belongings and assets to be $400,000 in total.
Heche 'had roughly $200,000 worth of jewelry’
Last November, a court granted Homer control of Heche's estate. This was despite the protests of the actress' former lover, actor James Tupper, who alleged that $200,000 of her jewelry had "gone missing."
The judge rejected the complaint of Canadian-born Tupper, 57, who claimed that Homer was "unsuitable" to manage the estate since he was too young, unemployed, and estranged from his mother at the time of her death.
"I find no malfeasance," said Judge Bogdanoff - who also denied a request from Tupper’s attorney, Christopher Johnson, for an evidentiary hearing to investigate his client’s allegation that Heche's $200,000 jewelry collection had disappeared.
According to Johnson, the actress "had roughly $200,000 worth of jewelry and none remains, and that was four years ago." Tupper and the actress were in a relationship from 2007 till 2018. The court told Johnson that his claim "does not make sense" and denied his request for an evidentiary hearing.
Heche's horrible death
Heche was best known for her appearances in 'Donnie Brasco', 'Volcano', and 'Wag the Dog', as well as her three-year romance with Ellen DeGeneres. On August 5, 2022, she crashed her Mini Cooper into a house in Los Angeles, starting a fire.
Blood tests revealed that she had cocaine and fentanyl in her system at the time of the high-speed collision. However, officials verified that she had not been consuming alcohol, despite being photographed with a vodka bottle in her cup holder earlier.
She was severely burnt and placed in a coma. On August 14, her life support equipment was switched off, and she was cremated on August 18. A coroner determined that she died as a result of inhalation injuries and burns, and her death was deemed accidental.