Anne Heche's ex James Tupper claims actress left him in charge of estate in will she 'wrote' and emailed to him
James Tupper, the father of her son Atlas, filed a probate petition objecting to her 20-year-old son Homer Heche Laffoon’s bid to be named executor of her estate
MAR VISTA, LOS ANGELES: Late actress Anne Heche died without a will and the battle for her estate is getting nastier. Heche's eldest son Homer Heche Laffoon made the request in Los Angeles County Court to take control of her fortune and pointed out that the only two surviving heirs of his mother's estate are himself and his younger brother Atlas, who is a minor. Now enters Heche's former 'Men In Trees' co-star and Atlas' father James Tupper who claims that the late actress wanted him to take control of her estate.
New legal documents obtained by TMZ reveal that James Tupper, the 57-year-old Canadian actor, is seeking control of her estate as Heche reportedly emailed him and 2 other people a copy of her will back in 2011 when they were still in a relationship. Tupper claims that the 'Donny Brasco' actress nominated him as the executor of her will so he could carry out her financial wishes. On the other hand, Homer claims that Tupper is manipulating the entire deal to take control of the estate and is stopping his half-brother from getting in touch with him as he is controlling his phone.
The filing made by Home, seen by The Blast, reads "The Estate consists of two intestate heirs, Homer Heche Laffoon and Atlas Heche Tupper. Homer Heche Laffoon is an adult and the proposed Administrator. Atlas Heche Tupper is a minor. Filed concurrently with this petition is a Petition for Appointment of Guardian ad Litem for the minor, which specifically requests that the guardian ad litem be granted the authority to waive bond on behalf of the minor." Homer's lawyer, Bryan Phipps told the publication, "We prefer to see the estate administration play out in court and not in the media, as our legal documents speak for themselves. The court appointing Homer's special administrator today supports that decision."
The battle over Anne Heche's estate grows nastier
The documents obtained by the publication also revealed that Tupper is claiming that Homer "is not suitable" to run his late mother's estate as he is only 20 years old, employed, and dropped out of school. He made another strong allegation that Homer was estranged from Anne at the time of her death and claimed that he locked Tupper and Atlas out of Anne's house as soon as she died. Heche separated from Homer's father Coleman 'Coley' Laffoon who, hence, did not have any claim on the property. The estate was supposed to land in Homer's lap if there was no contest.
In a statement to Fox News Digital, Homer said, "My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom. After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully, my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom." The statement concluded, "Over those six days, thousands of friends, family, and fans made their hearts known to me. I am grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my Dad, Coley, and my stepmom Alexi who continue to be my rock during this time. Rest In Peace Mom, I love you, Homer." The actress died on August 17 from inhalation injury and burns, and the death was ruled an accident.