Rosie O’Donnell Regrets Mocking Anne Heche After She Crashes Into House At 90MPH
After Anne Heche crashed her car into a house at 90mph, Rosie O'Donnell said she regrets making fun of the actress.
Rosie O’Donnell is speaking out to express her regret about mocking Anne Heche many years ago as the actress remains in critical condition after crashing her car into a house at 90mph last Friday.
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O’Donnell Backtracks On Making Fun Of Heche
“Feeling bad that I made fun of her when she was talking to Barbara Walters about having a relationship with space-aliens, you know?” O’Donnell, 60, said of Heche, 53, in a video posted to TikTok.
Fox News reported that O’Donnell is referring to an interview Heche did with Walters back in 2001 in which she claimed she had an alternate personality named “Celastia.” She then showed Walters the secret language that she alleged that she used to communicate with God. Check out an excerpt from that interview below.
“I wonder if she’s OK,” O’Donnell added. “I think it’s a miracle she didn’t kill anyone … and I hope she survives. But wow, what a tragic tale. That car was on fire for a long time, they say.”
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“If we have an honest discussion about drunk driving, we find out just how prevalent it is,” she continued. “And that’s terrifying, isn’t it?”
Heche crashed her car into a home in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles, and the vehicle proceeded to catch on fire, burning the home to the ground. Miraculously, nobody else was injured, but Heche’s rep has said that she has been in a coma ever since.
“At this time Anne is in extreme critical condition. She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention,” the rep told Deadline. “She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident.”
Legal Expert Weighs In
Photos from the scene show what appears to be a bottle of vodka in the front seat of Heche’s vehicle, but police have yet to reveal the results of the blood test that they ordered for her. Legal analyst and former Los Angeles County deputy district attorney Emily D. Baker told People Magazine that even if Heche was found to be intoxicated, the authorities likely won’t be in a rush to charge her, given her current situation.
“Since she’s in hospital, I imagine they will take their time. They’re not going to be in a hurry to arrest,” said Baker. “Also because she’s a public figure, they’re probably going to take a little more time. And depending on how long she’s in the hospital, she’s not going anywhere.”
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Baker went on to say that it likely wasn’t hard for police to get permission to test Heche’s blood, even though officers did not witness the crash.
“That would need to be done by search warrant, but given the two crashes and the ring camera footage I think it would have been an easy search warrant to get,” she explained. “Warrants are able to be obtained very quickly any time, day or night. Because these are commonly done, it’s not an unusual or slow procedure.”
Baker Talks Potential Investigation
Baker then talked about how police will likely investigate this case.
“They would look for more camera footage of the car driving, they can look at license plate readers to see if they have her going through any red lights or anything. At the crash, they would try to get damage estimates,” she stated. “No one besides Heche was injured, which makes any potential charges against the actress less serious if wrongdoing is found. “But you’ve got potentially a hit and run with the first crash and then really severe property damage at the second location.”
Baker concluded by saying that it’s hard to tell what potential legal consequences Heche will face since new details keep coming out about what happened.