Like most of the cast and crew of Men In Trees
, lead star Anne Heche
is also struggling to find work after ABC decided to cancel the series. And now that the 38-year-old actress is unemployed, she can no longer afford to pay for child support.
"I am continuing to look for work, but I have no offers pending and the impending strike by the Screen Actors Guild reduces my prospects for work even further," Heche wrote in court papers.
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In the court declaration, Heche stated that her financial straits were dismal and that she can no longer afford to pay the nearly $15,000 in monthly support, along with private school tuition for her 6-year-old son Homer, the mortgage on her house in Canada where Men In Trees
filmed, rent on her Los Angeles home and car expenses.
At present, Heche is $364,000 in debt, mainly because of her ongoing divorce litigation. She claims that she only has roughly $35,000 in all of her accounts and that she'll be more than $6,000 in the hole if she's required to shell out any more money.
Fortunately, a judge has given her a temporary break so she wouldn't have to pay her next support payment to her ex-husband Coley Laffoon for the month of July. Nevertheless, Superior Court Judge Gail Ruderman Feuer has ordered the actress to provide updated income and expense information.
"Since January 18, 2008, I have been unemployed and had no income from employment except for one very short-term contract for a movie role for which I received a total of $65,00, approximately the amount I received for one episode of Men In Trees
,” she said.
"I do receive some residuals from previous acting work. However, the amounts are nominal and are offset by recurring business expenses that must be paid whether or not I am working," she added.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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