Actress and talk show host Ricki Lake has been sued for allegedly starting a house fire that destroyed the Malibu home she was renting, ABC News reports.
The owner of the house, Hovsep Kousayan, filed suit in connection with the September 2010 fire, with damages that could be in the millions, according to the story.
“In preparing the lawsuit, Kousayan reportedly spoke with emergency responders who claim that on the scene, Lake essentially admitted to causing the blaze,” the story says. “In the panicked 911 call she placed when her couch first went up in flames, Lake is heard telling her children, ‘Mommy made a mistake.’"
However, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department reportedly investigated the incident and determined that the fire was an accident stemming from the refueling of a portable heater.
Other reports say Lake was renting the house for about $20,000 a month.