Anne Heche accuses ex James Tupper of locking her out of their LA home and duping her out of $450K... but he suggests she is impaired from 'drug use'
- The couple dated for 10 years and have a son together but split in 2017
- The 50-year-old actress claimed her ex-partner changed the keys on their home
- James 'insisted he never changed anything and he provided a new key'
- In a letter from Anne's lawyer, James reportedly wrote, 'I truly do not understand this drama and hope it isn't linked to extended drug use'
Anne Heche has accused James Tupper of locking her out of their home. But he has suggested her allegations stemmed from 'drug use.'
The former couple - who split in 2017 after 10 years together - initially agreed to stay in their Los Angeles house on alternate weeks when they had custody time with their 10-year-old son Atlas.
But the 50-year-old actress claimed her ex-partner changed the keys and security code so he could show the property to inspectors, even though she never agreed to sell the home, according to court papers obtained by DailyMail.com.
Bad fight: Anne Heche has accused James Tupper of locking her out of their home - but he has suggested her allegations stemmed from 'drug use,' according to court documents obtained by DailyMail.com; seen in 2017
Strange twist: The 54-year-old actor also stressed 17-year-old Homer, Anne's son from a previous relationship, was able to get inside without any problems. Anne and James seen with Homer and Atlas in 2012
In response, James reportedly insisted he never changed anything and immediately provided another key.
In an email to Anne's lawyer obtained by RadarOnline.com, he wrote: 'I truly do not understand this drama and hope it isn't linked to extended drug use.'
The 54-year-old actor also stressed 17-year-old Homer, Anne's son from a previous relationship, was able to get inside without any problems, it was claimed in the letter.
The pad: This is one of the homes that Heche has lived in in Los Angeles
He wrote in his declaration: 'I did not change the locks, nor did anyone else. ... This code works today, worked yesterday, and has worked continually for a decade.
'I have never deactivated it. ... On the night she claims to have been cast out, Anne's other son (a 17-year old boy) entered and spent the night at the property, without incident....,' it also read in the court documents.
'Obviously, if Anne wanted to get into the house, even if she has lost her key and somehow forgot her alarm code (which is inconceivable), she could have simply asked her son to let her in,' it was also stated in the filing.
Happier days: The couple took their son Atlas Tupper to Tom's Toys store in Beverly Hills in 2015
James also insisted the Donnie Brasco star had no stake to the property as the deeds are only in his name, according to the court papers.
His lawyer, David Alden Erikson, wrote: 'The parties' custody agreement does not mention the property. ... ' according to Radar.
'What appears to have now happened is that Heche was so angered by what she mistakenly and inexplicably perceived as a lockout, that she asked her attorneys to enforce the arrangement as if it were Tupper's legal obligation.
Her ex-husband: She was married to Coleman Laffoon from 2001 until 2009; seen in NYC in 2004
'And by the time Tupper demonstrated that no lockout occurred, Heche has gone too far to back down.'
The John Q actress claimed she agreed to deed the house over to her former partner last year so he could refinance the property and get around $450,000, on the provision her name was placed back on the property deeds after he received the money, it was explained in the court papers.
However, she was left 'shocked and terrified' when she was told the money - which went into a separate account which was earmarked for bills and other expenses over the next two years - had all gone and she never got her name back on the deeds, it was also stated in the paperwork.
Her rise to fame: Heche and Ellen DeGeneres at film premiere of Face Off in 1997
She said in a signed declaration: 'Hindsight is 20/20. I should not have been so naïve and trusting.
'As it turns out, contrary to our agreement, James had used the designated separate account like a personal ATM machine, and has spent the monies on various things that I never approved of, and that he never even asked or informed me about. ...
'I am appalled that James has violated my trust and confidence in this matter.'
A hearing relating to the custody agreement has been scheduled for next month and the actress has also filed a civil suit against her former partner and others for the title and lien to the property.
New beau: According to People, Anne is now dating her Hung co-star Thomas Jane. 'They’ve been friends for so many years and they’re so like-minded that it’s an incredibly easy relationship,' the insider said. Seen in July
Anne and James started a romantic relationship on their TV series Men In Trees. They then welcomed their son Atlas in 2009.
Tupper has shot to fame as Reese Witherspoon's ex-husband on Big Little Lies.
Anne also has 17-year-old son Homer with ex-husband Coleman Laffoon whom she was wed to from 2001 until 2009. Before that she was involved with Ellen DeGeneres.
According to People, Anne is now dating her Hung co-star Thomas Jane. 'They’ve been friends for so many years and they’re so like-minded that it’s an incredibly easy relationship,' the insider said. 'They’re really supportive of each other and have a lot of fun — they’re definitely in love.'