Anne Heche was reportedly drinking vodka and downing wine coolers in a podcast dropped hours before the actress drove her vehicle into a garage of an apartment building, reversed, and then drove into a Los Angeles home, setting it ablaze.
Heche sustained severe burns on her body and was said to be in stable condition as of one day after the crash.
“We each have a bottle in front of us because our friends sent us a bottle Re:Find!” the actress reportedly said on the “Better Together” podcast. Re:Find is a type of vodka. “And we are drinking it — with wine chasers,” Heche later added.
The “Six Days Seven Nights” actress was apparently slurring her words throughout the podcast, according to TMZ reporting. She also told listeners she was “rocked” by a “very bad day” and alluded to suffering “no good, very bad days.”
TMZ reported that the podcast was posted hours before Heche drove into the Los Angeles home.
The actress’ publicist has insisted the podcast was taped in advance, the New York Post noted.
The Post added that a bottle of Re:Find vodka appears to be in a photo of Heche’s busted vehicle.
— Rachel Kim (@CBSLARachel) August 6, 2022
In video obtained by TMZ, Heche’s blue Mini Cooper is seen near a garage of an apartment complex, and it seems the actress is speaking to residents of the complex. A male voice repeatedly asks Heche to get out of the car, and the actress responds, “no, sir,” video suggests.
The vehicle in the video then reverses and speeds off.
Video from a home security camera shows the Mini Cooper flying at high speeds down a street before the fiery crash into a home.
Roy Morgen, a man who witnessed the crash, says the woman who rents the home, identified as Lynne Mishele, barely made it out alive, according to CBS News. The actress barreled into the room the woman was sitting in.
“She couldn’t get to the person in the car she told me, cause of all the damage,” Morgen told CBSLA. “All the things that collapsed, she was stuck sort of in the back part of the house.”
The woman who owns the home was too emotional to speak on camera, but told CBSLA through tears that she’s devastated for her tenant.
LAPD now confirms it was actress Anne Heche behind the wheel of her car, when she crashed into this Mar Vista home.
The woman who lives here, a long-time tenant, speaking with me by phone says “I’m a mess. We’re alive, but that’s about as far as it goes.”@CBSLA @KCBSKCALDesk pic.twitter.com/N4naUfcFgO
— Tena Ezzeddine (@TenaCBSLA) August 7, 2022
A GoFundMe for Mishele has since been started by her neighbors.
“Lynne lives with her beautiful pups Bree and Rueban, and tortoise Marley in the Mar Vista home that was destroyed this week by a car driving into the home at a high rate of speed, catching the house on fire,” neighbors John and Jennifer Durands posted. “Lynne and her family very narrowly escaped physical harm, and for that we are very, very grateful.”