With Anne Heche fighting for his life in a hospital in Los Angeles, there had been conversations at Lifetime about what to do with his latest film, Girl in room 13. On Friday, Heche was driving a vehicle that crashed into a house, starting a fire that destroyed the house and seriously injured Heche. While Heche was alert and talking with first responders, she fell into a coma shortly after the incident and has yet to regain unconsciousness. She remains in “extremely critical condition,” her representative said.
Per Variety, Lifetime presented a panel for the film at the Television Critics Association press conference on Thursday. The network’s executive vice president and chief programming officer, Amy Winter, confirmed that the plan is still to release the film as planned, even with Heche’s current struggles. Because the idea behind the film was to bring a very serious issue to light, Winter says it was very important to Heche along with the rest of the Girl in room 13 that this movie would come out.
“All of us here at Lifetime are deeply concerned for her and everyone affected. We hope his friends and family stay strong during this difficult time. You know as much as we do and we kindly ask you to refrain from inquiring about his health. status. This project is important for Heche and with all of us. We all started making a movie that would bring attention to the dreadful problem of human sex trafficking. We hope this film moves you and that you are just as inspired as Anne was to help us in our mission to end violence against women.
Director Elisabeth Rohm was also on the panel and said that Girl in room 13 will debut on Lifetime in September. Rohm also praises Heche’s performance in the film.
“We are all so dedicated to the cause, to stop violence against women and I once again thank Lifetime so much for creating this platform. All of us, especially Larissa who played this victim, are committed to this cause. We talked about it – all of us – that it was our mission. And although [Anne] is deeply regretted, at this time I will say the movie is over and she put on a phenomenal performance – a tour de force much like Larissa.
Anne Heche remains in a coma
After the accident, Anne Heche was reported to be on the mend and in “stable” condition. A later statement released by his representative clarified that Heche was in a coma and had not yet regained consciousness. His condition is serious and has not improved nearly a week after the accident. The statement reads as follows:
“Right now, Anne is in extremely critical condition. She has a significant lung injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns requiring surgery. She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident.
Many have sent wishes to Heche in the hope that she will get better. This includes Rosie O’Donnell, who recently expressed how badly she felt for joking about Heche in the past, now joining others in calling for a healthy recovery.
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