Anne Heche died with about $400,000 to her name, based on recent court documents — as her ex-boyfriend and adult son are set to duke it out over her estate.
The “Six Days, Seven Nights” actress ex-boyfriend James Tupper appeared in Los Angeles court Tuesday, where a judge shot down his bid to be appointed guardian ad litem of the 13-year-old son, Atlas Tupper, he shared with Heche.
James has been locked in a contentious battle with Heche’s eldest son, Homer Laffoon, over control of her estate following her Aug. 12 death — arguing that he’s “the person with the very best priority of appointment.”
But Judge Lee R. Bogdanoff reminded James’ lawyer, Christopher Johnson, on Tuesday, “We’re not here to choose like one of the best person. I’m here to make your mind up if [Laffoon’s] qualified, or disqualified,” People reported.
James shook his head, which infuriated the judge.
Anne Heche died with about $400,000 to her name.Dimitrios Kambouris
“Why are you shaking your head?” Bogdanoff asked. “It’s very disrespectful. Don’t shake your head at me ever should you’re going to look again. Please take your hands out of your pockets, sir. You wanna say something?”
James replied, “Sure. I don’t feel that his older brother goes to look out for him. We’ve waited two months to get into the apartment.”
Heche’s ex-boyfriend James Tupper appeared in Los Angeles court Tuesday.Getty Images
Tupper went on to assert that his son has not been allowed to acquire his belongings which are still at Heche’s apartment.
Through the 15-minute hearing, the jurist noted that Heche’s estate — the worth of which was revealed in court papers filed earlier this month — can be evenly divided between Atlas and Laffoon.
Laffoon was named temporary administrator to her estate on Sept. 22. Heche died because of this of a fiery Aug. 5 automotive crash that left her in a coma with severe burns.
James and Heche dated for 11 years and shared custody of Atlas, who also appeared in court Tuesday.
“We’re pleased — but not surprised — with the court’s ruling this morning denying James’ petition to appoint himself guardian ad litem for Atlas,” Laffoon’s lawyer, Bryan Phipps, said in a press release to Fox News Digital.
“We sit up for the court resolving Homer’s petition at the following hearing and, within the meantime, Homer will proceed to diligently administer the Estate pursuant to his authority as Special Administrator.”
James has been locked in a contentious battle with Heche’s eldest son, Homer Laffoon, over control of her estate.gofundme
In documents obtained by The Post, Laffoon said his mother’s estate consisted of “just a few modest” bank accounts, royalty payments and other income, an organization that she used to develop various projects and “tangible personal property of unknown value.”
Laffoon said he expects the estate could receive one other $400,000 from royalties, residuals and future profits from Heche’s posthumous memoir “Call Me Anne,” which is about to be released in January 2023.
Laffoon also said his mother lived in an apartment and didn’t own a house on the time of her death, based on the affidavit.
The eldest son stays the temporary special administrator of Heche’s estate not less than until the following hearing on Nov. 30.
The judge also told Tupper he could still file an objection by Oct. 20.