Alec Baldwin and Rosanna Arquette are among several celebrities who have come under fire for sending thoughts and prayers to Anne Heche after the A-lister crashed a Mar Vista home at high speed while allegedly drunk.
Baldwin took to Instagram on Saturday to send “my best wishes and all my love” to Heche, who is reportedly in stable condition in hospital after suffering serious burns in the incident. According to a statement from the Los Angeles Fire Department, it took 59 firefighters more than an hour to access, contain and extinguish the “persistent flames” that started when Heche’s vehicle struck the two-story home, “causing structural compromise and explosion in heavy fire prior to arrival at LAFD.” Heche was pulled from the burning vehicle in critical condition.
She is now stable, according to a statement from Heche’s friend and podcast contributor Heather Duffy Boylston. “Anna is currently in a stable condition. Her family and friends ask for your thoughts and prayers and to respect her privacy during this difficult time,” he said.
In his Instagram video, Baldwin says: “Anne is an old friend of mine. There aren’t many women I’ve worked with who are brave the way Anne is.
“I love you Anna, I love you and I think you are such a talented person. I hope all is well, I hope you get over this. My heart Belongs 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 your support and love to the wonderful Anne Heche. Thanks.”
In response, many took to the comments to suggest that the focus should be on the occupant of the home that Heche’s car hit.
Footage captured by numerous doorbell cameras in the neighborhood on Friday showed the speed at which Heche’s car was traveling before the crash. A few minutes later it hit the house, which was then engulfed in flames. The Los Angeles Fire Department said the home is 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 are alive, but that’s it.”
Police did not charge Heche, but said she was driving twice the speed limit.
“What about the people he almost killed?… Is she more important?” one user posted in response to Baldwin’s video.
“Yeah I hope they’re ok but how about my thoughts go out to those who almost got killed,” said another. “Come on Alec.”
Actors Peter Facinelli, Rosanna Arquette and Big Little Lies Actor James Tapper, Hetch’s ex with whom she shares a 13-year-old son, was also among the celebrities criticized after tributes were posted.
Political consultant Nathan Schneider tweeted in response to Arquette, who asked people to “pray” for Heche: “He could have killed someone. Heche needs some serious mental health counseling before she hurts anyone.”
said Mishele’s neighbor Lynne Bernstein People that she “was extremely lucky” to survive and that Hetse’s car crashed “almost all the way” into the house and “almost immediately” caught fire.
A GoFundMe page set up by neighbors John and Jennifer Durand for Mishele has already raised nearly $40,000.
“Lynne and her family narrowly escaped physical harm, and for that we are very, very grateful,” the fundraiser says. “The house, however, was completely burnt down. Even more poignantly, Lynne lost all her life possessions, memorabilia, all her business equipment including her laptop and iPad, all her clothes and essentials and all household items. With the help of firefighters, he was able to pull some damaged sentimental items from the wreckage. Everything else is gone.”
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.