The battle over Anne Heche‘s estate is heating up as her oldest son claims actor James Tupper is manipulating him and his half-brother to seize control of their mother’s will.
Homer Laffoon, 20, had filed a petition to be in charge of his mother’s estate and that he and his half-brother, Atlas Heche Tupper, 13, be listed her sole heirs after Heche failed to leave behind a will following her death last month.
James Tupper, Atlas’ father and Heche’s ex, however, claims Heche nominated him to be in charge of her estate via email back when they were dating in 2011, Page Six reported.
‘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,’ he claimed she wrote in his legal filings.
Anne Heche’s eldest son Homer Laffoon , 20, (right) has applied to be in charge of the late star’s estate after she died without a will. He wants him and his half-brother Atlas Heche Tupper, 13, (left) to be listed as her sole heirs
Atlas’ father, actor James Tupper (right), however, claims he was named in charge of Heche’s estate via email back when they dated in 2011
In his legal filings, Tupper says Laffoon (pictured with Heche last year) is too young, unemployed and was estranged from his mother and half-brother
Laffoon (left) has hit back against his half-father, claiming Tupper is stopping him from communicating with Atlas by taking control of the teen’s phone
Tupper also claims that Laffoon ‘is not suitable” to run the estate because he is too young, unemployed and was estranged from his mother at the time of her death.
The actor goes on to accuse the 20-year-old, the son of real estate broker Coleman Laffoon, of changing the locks on the apartment Heche shared with Atlas, allegedly preventing the younger brother from getting his belongings.
Tupper has said that the two half-brothers have not had any contact since the day Heche died.
Laffoon has hit back against Tupper, claiming the actor is keeping him away from Atlas by controlling the 13-year-old’s phone.
Laffoon’s attorneys told TMZ that they are confident the oldest son will be the winner in court after it appointed him temporarily in charge of the estate on Thursday.
A representative for Tupper did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Pictured: Tupper (right) together with Heche and Lafoon (center) as she holds a young Atlas
Tupper has accused Laffoon of changing the locks on the apartment Heche shared with Atlas (above), preventing the younger brother from getting his belongings
In his original petition to the court, Laffoon says that it is unclear how much money or property Heche, 53, had to her name before she died.
In the filing, Laffoon lists his mother’s personal property and her annual income as ‘unknown’.
He is also asking the court to be named as the legal guardian of his brother.
The court will have to dig into Heche’s finances to determine the value of her estate, and what properties she owns.
In 2021, it was reported that she was selling her Los Angeles Silver Lake Cottage for around $2million with co-star and ex-partner Thomas Jane.
She has also been previously reported to have owned another home in the Hancock Park-Wilshire area of Los Angeles – a mansion priced at around $4million.
A photo before the August 5 crash shows Heche at the wheel with a bottle in the cup holder
Heche died from injuries sustained in a fireball car crash last month in Los Angeles
Heche died following an August 5 crash in Los Angeles. The actress slammed her Mini Cooper into a house, causing an explosion.
Blood tests showed that the actress had cocaine and fentanyl in her system when the high-speed crash occurred, but officials confirmed that she had not been drinking alcohol – despite being pictured with a vodka bottle in her cupholder.
She was left badly burned and in a coma. Heche’s life support machine was turned off on August 14, and she was cremated on August 18.
A coroner ruled on August 17 that Heche died from inhalation injury and burns, and the death was ruled an accident.
The mother-of-two also had a fractured sternum caused by ‘blunt trauma,’ according to information on the website of the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner.
The Emmy-winning film and television actor was removed from life support at a burn center.