A new twist. Anne Heche‘s ex-boyfriend James TupperThe actress claimed that she left her estate to him after she died without a will.
The Revenge alum, 57, objected to Homer Laffoon’s previous request to be put in charge of the estate, according to court documents obtained by Us WeeklyThey were filed in Los Angeles, California on Thursday, September 15.
Homer, 20, is Heche’s only child with ex-husband Coleman “Coley” LaffoonShe divorced her husband in 2009, and she had a son named Atlas. Tupper, who she dated from 2007 until 2018, was also a Daytime Emmy winner.
Tupper claimed in the documents that Heche made clear her intentions for her estate in an email he claims she sent in January 2011, which he said he received.
“FYI In case I die tomorrow and anyone asks,” the alleged email read. “My wishes are that all of my assets go to the control of Mr. James Tupper to be used to raise my children and then given to the children. They will be divided equally between our children, currently Atlas Heche Tupper and Homer Heche Laffoon, with each child receiving their share when they reach 25. When the last child turns 25 any house or other properties owned may be sold and the money divided equally among our children.”
This month, Use confirmed that Homer had filed a request to be put in charge of his mother’s estate after news broke that she died without a will. The documents mentioned his half-brother and included a petition for Homer to be appointed as guardian for Atlas’ portion of the estate as well.
Tupper, for his part, argued on Thursday that he can reject Homer’s petition as the parent of Atlas. The former Big Little Lies star also claimed that Homer is “not suitable for appointment” because he is too young and allegedly unemployed.
Additionally, Tupper alleged that Homer and his mother were estranged at the time of her death, “due to his dropping out of university studies and not working to support himself.” The Wag the DogAfter an August 5 car accident that left her in a coma, the actress passed away at 53. After her organs were removed, she was taken off life support and placed on life support until August 14.
Tupper went on to accuse Homer of changing the locks on Heche’s apartment the day she died and refusing to let Atlas in to collect his belongings. “The assertion that the [Heche’s] apartment is “vacant” in [Homer’s] pleadings is concerning,” the documents read. “Her home was full of her furnishings, jewelry, valuables, files and records, and their removal was in no way authorized by this Court or the law. Atlas has not been able to gain entry to this apartment since his mother’s death.”
The Men in Trees alum further claimed that Homer “will not act in his brother’s best interest,” and alleged that the 20-year-old was a no-show after agreeing to attend grief counseling with Atlas last month. “This is particularly upsetting given that Atlas is 13 years old, was with his mother on the day of her death, and he has reached out to Homer repeatedly,” Tupper’s legal team alleged. “In fact, since their mother’s death, Homer has not seen his brother, nor had contact with him.”
October 11th will see a court hearing.
Diana Cooper reports