Alec Baldwin and Rosanna Arquette are among a number of celebrities who have come under fire for sending Anne Heche thoughts and prayers following the A-lister’s high-speed crash into a Mar Vista home while he was allegedly drunk.
Baldwin took to Instagram on Saturday to send “my best wishes and all my love” to Heche, who is believed to be in stable condition in a hospital after suffering severe burns in the incident. According to a statement from the Los Angeles Fire Department, it took more than an hour for 59 firefighters to access, contain and extinguish the “stubborn flames” caused when Heche’s vehicle slammed into the two-story home, “causing a structural compromise and eruption in heavy fire before the LAFD arrived Heche was extracted from the burning vehicle in critical condition.
She is now stable, according to a statement from Heche’s friend and podcast partner, Heather Duffy Boylston. “Anne is currently in stable condition. Her family and friends ask for your thoughts and prayers and respect her privacy during this difficult time,” she said.
In her Instagram video, Baldwin says, “Anne is an old friend of mine. There aren’t many women I’ve worked with who are as brave as Anne.
“I love you, Anne, I love you and I think you are such a talented person. Hope all is well, hope you get through this. My heart goes out to you. I’m sorry that this tragic thing happened to you, and I send you all my love.
He then asked, “’Everyone please join me in sending their support and love to the wonderful Anne Heche. Thanks.”
In response, many took to the comments to suggest the focus should be on the occupant of the house Heche’s car crashed into.
Footage taken by numerous doorbell cameras in the neighborhood on Friday showed the speed at which Heche’s car was traveling before the crash. Moments later, it slammed into the house, which then burst into flames. The Los Angeles Fire Department said the house was now “uninhabitable”.
The occupant of the home, identified as Lynne Mishele, told CBS LA reporter Tena Ezzeddine after the crash: “I’m a mess. We’re alive, but that’s about it.
Police did not charge Heche but said she was driving twice the legal speed limit.
“And the people she almost killed?…Is she more important?” posted a user in response to Baldwin’s video.
“Yeah, hope she’s fine, but hey, how about saying my thoughts are with those who were nearly killed too,” another said. “Come on Alec.”
Actors Peter Facinelli, Rosanna Arquette and big little lies Actor James Tupper, Heche’s ex with whom she shares a 13-year-old son, was also among the celebrities who came under fire after posting tributes.
Political consultant Nathan Schneider tweeted in response to Arquette, who asked people to “pray” for Heche, responding, “She could have killed someone. Heche needs serious mental health counseling before he hurts anyone.
Mishele’s neighbor, Lynne Bernstein, said People that she “was extremely lucky” to survive and that Heche’s car crashed “almost all the way through” the house and caught fire “almost immediately”.
A GoFundMe page created by neighbors John and Jennifer Durand for Mishele has already raised nearly $40,000.
“Lynne and her family narrowly escaped physical injury, and we are very, very grateful,” read the fundraiser. “The house, however, was completely burnt down. What is even more distressing is that Lynne lost her lifelong possessions, memorabilia, all of her business equipment including her laptop and iPad, all of her clothing and basic necessities, as well than all household items. With the help of firefighters, she was able to remove some damaged sentimental effects from the wreckage. Everything else has disappeared.
They described Mishele as a “kind and generous person, Lynne is always the first to offer help to others” and urged supporters to donate to the campaign.