The woman who was inside actress Anne Heche’s Los Angeles home she crashed into in early August is suing the actress’ estate for at least $2 million, reports show court documents
Lynne Mishele “was working from home when she was stunned by the dramatic force of Heche’s vehicle as it slammed into the front wall and drove through the living room, kitchen, home office and closet the master bedroom before moving into the laundry room/storage room of his home.” the lawsuit says.
Their home was destroyed in a fire and Mishele now suffers from severe anxiety and depression, the complaint says.
After the crash, Heche suffered a “severe anoxic brain injury,” depriving his brain of oxygen, among other critical injuries after the crash. He died days after life support was withdrawn.
“While the media focused their reporting on Heche’s condition, the incident on August 5, 2022 left the plaintiff completely traumatized, unusually startled to hear loud noises, plagued by nightmares and flashbacks of the ‘incident, terrified to go out and, moreover, without a place to live,’ the complaint says, adding: ‘As a direct result of Heche’s outrageous conduct and illegal acts, the plaintiff and her beloved pets they almost lost their lives, not to mention that the plaintiff also had a lifetime’s worth of her staff’s possessions destroyed by fire.”
CNN has reached out to Homer Heche Laffoon, the executor of Heche’s estate, for comment.
The lawsuit alleges negligence that caused the accident, infliction of mental distress and trespassing. Mishele is seeking compensatory and punitive damages among other financial relief.
The lawsuit was filed last week in California Superior Court in Los Angeles.
Heche was an award-winning actress who made her television debut in 1987 on the soap opera “Another World,” a role for which she won a Daytime Emmy. After leaving the show, he began his film career, appearing in acclaimed films such as “Donnie Brasco” and “Wag the Dog.”
He also appeared in films such as the 1998 remake of “Psycho” and the romantic comedy “Six Days Seven Nights” opposite Harrison Ford. She also directed a segment of a 2000 HBO film “If These Walls Could Talk 2” and in her 2001 memoir, revealed her lifelong struggles with mental illness after being abused by her father .