The contentious legal battle between Anne Heche‘s ex-partner James Tupper and her first son, Homer Laffoon, appears to have taken a wrong turn for the persistent actor.
Over the past few weeks, the opposing duo has filed accusations against one another to gain legal custody of the 13-year-old Atlas Heche Tupper — James and Anne’s son. Unfortunately, the 57-year-old father was recently denied legal guardianship of the teenager, making it unlikely for him to become the administrator of the late actress’ $400,000 estate.
Anne Heche’s Ex Denied Legal Guardianship Of Their Son, Atlas
L.A. Superior County judge Lee Bogdanoff rejected James’ petition to be appointed ‘Guardian Ad Litem’ of his ex’s younger son, Atlas, who was in court with him for the hearing, per Daily Mail. The judge also said he would likely grant Anne’s older son Homer’s bid to be the permanent executor of his mother’s estate.
The verdict comes days after James filed for legal guardianship to make him responsible for protecting his son’s interests in court, thereby challenging the decision to appoint Homer as administrator.
After hearing the decree, the Canadian actor expressed his frustration by shaking his head while standing in the court with his hands in his jeans pockets. The gesture appeared to have angered the judge, who warned him not to shake his head and to take his hands out of his pockets. While embarrassed, James complied, telling Judge Bogdanoff:
“I don’t think [Atlas’] older brother is going to look after his interests. He is treating him like an enemy. Their relationship is going to be destroyed forever.”
When his lawyer, Christopher Johnson, complained that Homer prevented his half-brother access to their mother’s apartment to get his possessions, the judge ordered that Atlas be able to “get into the apartment and get his stuff as quickly as possible.”
The judge also addressed the recent verdict saying, “The brothers have an equal interest in the estate – I’m not seeing a reason to grant GAL (guardian ad litem) because [Atlas] and his brother have the same interest in the estate.”
Judge Bogdanoff also queried why James claimed Homer was “not qualified” to be named permanent handler of Anne’s estate. “What is the basis to object?” he asked. “We are not here to pick the best person. In California, you can be an illiterate and be an administrator.”
The judge further cautioned him that formally objecting to the awaiting ruling to make Homer permanent administrator would most likely be a “waste of time.” Even so, he gave James’ legal rep, Johnson, until October 20 to file an objection and scheduled another hearing on November 30.
The judge did not take too long to deliberate on the ruling, as James’ filing came just about a week ago. Based on the legal filings reported by The Blast, he asked to be appointed “Guardian Ad Litem.”
He also filed a “Notice of Intent to File Objections to Homer Heche Laffoon’s Petition for Letters of Administration and Competing Probate Petition.” His reason was that his son “has no guardian for his estate,” and as the boy’s father, he was the “only living parent.”
The “Big Little Lies” star also expressed his love for Atlas and Homer as a father who “wants the best for them” before explaining his plans to preserve the “brotherly relationship” while bidding to be the estate’s administrator.
The “Wag the Dog” Actress Visited Hair Salon Before The Tragic Accident
The ongoing feud between James and Homer began upon the death of Anne following a devastating car crash in California. The Blast shared that prior to her passing, the last person she likely spoke to was a salon owner Richard Glass an hour before the vehicular accident.
Glass described the encounter as “so strange” and “very random” but also believed the actress was not under the influence during the visit compared to the numerous speculations. Ever since, the celeb hair and makeup artist gained criticism, with many claiming that he gave the “Spread” star the drugs discovered in her system.
Addressing the allegations, he stated that he never used drugs while calling the accusers hateful. He also believed a higher power may have led Anne to his salon so he may save her life despite not knowing much about her.