Sunday 25 September 2016

Carrey sued over suicide of his Irish girlfriend

Geraldine Gittens

Published 20/09/2016 | 02:30

Jim Carrey with then-girlfriend Cathriona White in Manhattan Picture: splashnews.com
Jim Carrey with then-girlfriend Cathriona White in Manhattan Picture: splashnews.com

Hollywood actor Jim Carrey is being filed for wrongful death in connection with the suicide of his former girlfriend.

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Documents filed in a US court allege that Carrey illegally obtained the prescription drugs that his ex-girlfriend overdosed on.

The lawsuit has been filed by the husband of Tipperary woman Cathriona White, who was found dead in her home in Los Angeles on September 30.

It alleges that Ms White received prescription drugs from Carrey, who used the fake name Arthur King to illegally obtain the medicines.

Cathriona's estranged husband Mark Burton is suing the actor for wrongful death and violation of the Drug Dealer Liability Act, according to court documents.

He claims that Carrey gave Cathriona the drugs despite knowing that she "was ill-equipped to ingest and manage highly addictive prescription drugs outside the care of a licensed physician; was prone to depression; and had previously attempted to take her own life," the court documents say.

During her time in Los Angeles, Cathriona, a make-up artist who was carving out a successful career in film and TV, had taken classes at Scientology's Hollywood Celebrity Centre.

In 2013, she married fellow scientologist and cameraman Mark Burton. The couple met while working on an online comedy series.

Jim Carrey (right) carries the coffin of his late girlfriend Cathriona White at her funeral last October Picture: Gerry Mooney
Jim Carrey (right) carries the coffin of his late girlfriend Cathriona White at her funeral last October Picture: Gerry Mooney

However, the pair separated and Cathriona was planning to begin divorce proceedings last December.

When she began dating actor Jim Carrey, Cathriona found herself propelled into the limelight.

She and the actor had an on-off relationship for three years, during which time he helped her cope with her grief at the loss of her father.

But the relationship ended once more a month before her death.

It is claimed in the court documents that film star Carrey "took steps to conceal and obfuscate his involvement and culpability in Ms White's untimely and tragic death."

It is alleged that Carrey or his assistants monitored the 30-year-old Irish woman's movements from her house through surveillance cameras, but failed to report that she hadn't left the house in more than a day.

It is also alleged that Carrey tried to "cover-up his conduct and complicity in her death" by sending her a "bogus text message" on September 27, 2015 after she had died.

It is claimed that the text was sent to pretend that Carrey had misplaced the drugs and "[insinuated] White may have taken them from Carrey without his knowledge..."

Burton's legal representative, Michael Avenatti, said: "We will be calling on the Los Angeles district attorney to open an investigation into Mr Carrey's role in the death of Ms White".

"We look forward to the evidence and facts supporting the allegations in the case coming to light."

Irish Independent

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