A footstool, rugs and a king-size bed have taken center stage in the divorce battle between Anne Heche and her estranged husband Coley Laffoon.
In documents filed in L.A. Superior Court, Laffoon accuses Heche of taking a number of items – including the master bed and yoga-room rugs – from the L.A. home they share. (Under the terms of a judge’s temporary order, they alternate use of the house while Heche is in Los Angeles.)
He’s now asking that the court order the actress to return the property and prohibit her from removing any more items.
Laffoon also alleges that when he returned to the home July 1 and found the furniture missing, he also “discovered that [Heche] had gone into my closet and ripped the buttons off of 19 of my shirts and removed some of my pants.”
Heche denies Laffoon’s claims, and says that all the items she took – her list includes four pillows from Bali, pink bedding and a “picture of saint” – were hers before their marriage.
“All of the furniture, furnishings, artwork, etc. that was acquired during marriage and paid for with funds earned during the marriage remains” at the residence, she says in court documents. Heche adds that the items she removed were intended for her unfurnished residence in Vancouver, where Men in Trees begins shooting later this month.
The furniture fracas comes weeks after a judge ruled the former couple’s 5-year-old son Homer will live with his father in Los Angeles while Heche films in Canada, and have alternate weekend visits with Heche while she shoots the ABC show.
Laffoon, 33, a former videographer who married Heche in 2001, filed for divorce in February, triggering a war of words and custody dispute. He has questioned Heche’s parenting skills and sanity, and accused the actress of resorting to lies to win custody of – and destroy his relationship with – their son.
Heche, who is dating her Trees costar James Tupper, has defended her parenting and accused Laffoon of making outrageous financial demands.