Jim Carrey has been hit by a wrongful death lawsuit in relation to the suicide of his ex-girlfriend Cathriona White, who died in September of last year.
White’s estranged husband Mark Burton – who has filed the suit – alleges that Carrey used his “immense wealth and celebrity status” to illegally obtain prescription drugs for White, despite knowing that she had a history of depression and had attempted to take her own life before.
He claims that after Cathriona’ssuicide, Carrey “took steps to conceal and obfuscate his involvement and culpability”, by sending Whitea text, asking her where the painkillers he kept under his sink had got to.
“If Carrey legitimately believed White had taken the drugs from him and she had subsequently gone missing for days with no contact, then why would Carrey not immediately request law enforcement to check on her well-being after she did not return his text?”
Carrey’s lawyers have responded to these allegations, explaining that the 54-year-old actor never supplied his ex-girlfriend with medication:they’ve claimed that the prescription drugs in questionwere legally obtained by Jim for himself, andthenstolen by (and not given to) White.
Carrey – whose on/off relationship with Cathriona ended just days before her death, has also hit back at this lawsuit, lambasting it as an attempt to “exploit” both him, and Ms. White.
In a statement, he said:
“I will not tolerate this heartless attempt to exploit me or the woman I loved.
I really hope that some day soon people will stop trying to profit from this and let her rest in peace.
It would be easy for me to get in a back room with this man’s lawyer and make this go away, but there are some moments in life when you have to stand up and defend your honour against the evil in this world.”
Cathriona White – originally from Ireland – was 30 at the time of her death.
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