Actor Jim Carrey is being sued over the suicide of his former girlfriend Cathriona White.
Irish-born make-up artist White, 30, was found dead in September 2015 after overdosing on prescription drugs.
Carrey and White began dating in 2012 after meeting on a film set. Though the couple split in late 2013, it is understood that they reunited earlier in 2015 before parting ways again shortly before White’s passing.
Press Association now reports that Carrey is facing a wrongful death lawsuit lodged by Mark Burton, White’s estranged husband. White is thought to have married Burton in January 2013 in Las Vegas.
In his lawsuit, Burton accuses Carrey of using his “immense wealth and celebrity status” to illegally obtain the prescription drugs involved in her death and then attempting to cover up his alleged involvement. “After her death, Mr Carrey took steps to conceal and obfuscate his involvement and culpability in Ms White’s untimely and tragic death,” the complaint alleges.
Carrey has since responded with a statement, describing the lawsuit as a “heartless attempt” to exploit both himself and “the woman I loved”. Carrey writes: “What a terrible shame. 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.”
“I will not tolerate this heartless attempt to exploit me or the woman I loved. Cat’s troubles were born long before I met her and sadly her tragic end was beyond anyone’s control. I really hope that some day soon people will stop trying to profit from this and let her rest in peace.”
Responding to the initial news of White’s passing, Carrey said last year: “I am shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of my sweet Cathriona. She was a truly kind and delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil, to whom loving and being loved was all that sparkled.”
“My heart goes out to her family and friends and to everyone who loved and cared about her,” he added. “We have all been hit with a lightning bolt.”
White posted a final post to Twitter before her death. It read: “Signing off Twitter, I hope I have been a light to my nearest and dearest.”
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