The woman who was inside Los Angeles actress Anne Heche in early August is suing the actor’s estate for at least $2 million, court documents say.
Lynne Mishele, who was “working from home, was stunned by the sheer force of Heche’s vehicle as it struck the front wall and traveled through the living room, kitchen, home office and first bedroom closet before settling in the laundry/storage room of her home,” the lawsuit states.
Her home was destroyed in a fire and Michelle now suffers from acute anxiety and depression, the complaint says.
After the crash, Heche suffered a “severe anoxic brain injury” that deprived him of oxygen to his brain, among other serious injuries he sustained as a result of the crash. He died a few days after being taken off life support.
“While the media focused on Heche’s condition, the event of August 5, 2022 left the plaintiff completely traumatized, unusually startled by hearing loud noises, plagued by nightmares and flashbacks of the incident, terrified to walk outside and also without a place to live,” the complaint states, adding : “As a direct result of Heche’s outrageous behavior and illegal actions, Plaintiff and her beloved pet nearly lost their lives, not to mention Plaintiff destroyed a lifetime of her personal property. on fire.”
CNN has reached out to Homer Heche Laffoon, the executor of Heche’s estate, for comment.
The lawsuit alleges negligence causing the accident, causing mental anguish and theft. Michelle is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, among other monetary relief.
The complaint was filed last week in California Superior Court in Los Angeles.
Heche was an award-winning actor who made his television debut in 1987 in the series “Another World,” for which he won a Daytime Emmy. After leaving the show, he began his film career, appearing in the acclaimed films “Donnie Brasco” and “Wag the Dog.”
Heche also appeared in films such as the 1998 remake of “Psycho” and the comedy “Six Days Seven Nights” alongside Harrison Ford. He also directed part of the 2000 HBO film “If These Walls Could Talk 2,” and in his 2001 memoir, he revealed his lifelong struggles with mental illness after being abused by his father.