Alec Baldwin and Roseanne Arquette are among a number of celebrities who have been slammed for sending thoughts and prayers to Anne Hatch after the A-lister’s high-speed crash at a Mar Vista house while he was 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 severe burns in the incident. According to a statement from the Los Angeles Fire Department, it took 59 firefighters more than an hour to reach, contain and extinguish the “stubborn flames” caused when Hatch’s vehicle crashed into the two-story home, “causing structural compromise and bursting into heavy fire prior to LAFD arrival. Heche was pulled from the burning vehicle in critical condition.
She is now stable, according to a statement from Heche’s friend and podcast partner, Heather Duffy Boylston. “Anne is currently in a stable condition. Her family and friends ask for your thoughts and prayers and to respect her privacy at this difficult time,” she said.
In his Instagram video, Baldwin says, “Ann 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 Ann, I love you and I think you are such a talented person. I hope all is well, I hope you get through this. My heart goes out to you. I’m sorry that this tragic thing happened to you and I send you all my love.
He then asked: “Please everyone, please join me in sending your support and love to the lovely Ann Hesh. Thanks.”
In response, many seized on the comments to suggest that the focus should be on the occupant of the house whose car Heche crashed into.
Footage captured by multiple doorbell cameras in the neighborhood on Friday shows the speed at which Heche’s car was traveling before the crash. Moments later, she crashed into the house, which subsequently burst into flames. The Los Angeles Fire Department said the house was now “uninhabitable.”
The resident of the home, identified as Lynn Michele, told CBS LA reporter Tena Ezzedine after the crash, “I’m a mess. We’re alive, but that’s about it.”
Police have not charged Heche, but said she was driving twice the speed limit.
“What about the people she almost killed?… Is she more important?” one user posted in response to Baldwin’s video.
“Yeah I hope she’s ok but hey how about saying my thoughts are with those who were almost killed too,” said another. “Come on Alec.”
Actors Peter Facinelli, Rosanna Arquette and Big Little Lies actor James Tupper, Heche’s ex, with whom she shares a 13-year-old son, was also among the celebrities who were criticized after a tribute was posted.
Political consultant Nathan Schneider tweeted in response to Arquette asking people to “pray” for Heche: “She could have killed someone. Heche needs serious mental health counseling before he hurts anyone.
Michelle’s neighbor Lynn Bernstein said people that she was “extremely lucky” to survive and that Heche’s car crashed “almost through” the house and “almost immediately” caught fire.
A GoFundMe page set up by neighbors John and Jennifer Durand for Michele has already raised nearly $40,000.
“Lynn and her family narrowly avoided physical harm and for that we are very, very grateful,” the fundraiser said. “However, the home is completely burnt down. Even more worryingly, Lynn has lost all of her life’s belongings, memorabilia, all of her business equipment including her laptop and iPad, all of her clothing and essentials, and all of her household items. With the help of firefighters, she was able to retrieve several damaged sentimental items from the wreckage. Everything else is gone.”
They described Michelle as a “kind and generous person, Lynn is always the first to offer help to others” and urged supporters to donate to the campaign.