Cathriona White's husband claims Jim Carrey illegally obtained prescription drugs for her in lawsuit
Published 19/09/2016 | 22:27
A new lawsuit filed by Cathriona White’s husband claims that comedian Jim Carrey illegally obtained prescription drugs for her.
It is claimed that Cathriona (30), the Tipperary woman who was found dead in her home in LA last September 30, was allegedly receiving prescription drugs from Carrey, who used a "bogus name" Arthur King to obtain the drugs.
Cathriona’s husband Mark Burton is suing for wrongful death and violation of the drug dealer liability act, E! News has reported.
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, according to E! News.
During her time in Los Angeles, Cathriona, a make-up artist who was carving out a successful career in film and TV, she had taken classes at Scientology's Hollywood Celebrity Centre. In 2013, she married fellow scientologist and cameraman Mark Burton. The couple had met while working on an online comedy series.
However, the pair had since separated and Cathriona was planning to begin divorce proceedings last December.
It was when she began dating actor Jim Carrey that Cathriona found herself propelled into the limelight.
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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.
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It is alleged 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..."
Michael Avenatti attorney for the Burton, told E! News: "We will be calling on the Los Angeles DA 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."
If you have been affected by the issues raised in this article, you can call the Samaritans helpline on 116 123 (ROI).