Friday 9 December 2016

Cathriona White's mother says she will drop wrongful death lawsuit against Jim Carrey if he releases STD test results

Caitlin McBride and Laura Larkin

Published 13/10/2016 | 14:35

Cathriona White
Cathriona White
Jim Carrey carries the coffin of ex-girlfriend Cathriona White in her home village of Cappawhite, Co Tipperary, last year. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Cathriona White and her sister Lisa
Cathriona White funeral. Jim Carrey pictured with Cathriona's sister Lisa Ahern Picture; GERRY MOONEY.
Cathriona White funeral. Jim Carrey pictured with Cathrionas sister Lisa Ahern (left). Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 10/10/15
Hollywood actor Jim Carrey with Cathriona White
Jim Carrey spotted out with Irish girlfriend Cathriona White in New York City. Picture: FameFlynet UK
Cathriona White
Jim Carrey and Cathriona White Pic: Jim Carrey/Twitter

Cathriona White's mother said she's willing to drop the wrongful death lawsuit she's lodged against actor Jim Carrey if he agrees to undergo an STD test.

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Irish makeup artist Cathriona had been dating Carrey on and off since 2013 and she took her own life in September 2015.

Her mother Brigid Sweetman lodged the suit earlier this week, saying Carrey should be "ashamed" of his treatment of her daughter, amid claims he illegally provided White with prescription drugs involved in her suicide.

Carrey, who she was separated from at the time of her death, attended the funeral in her home town of Cappawhite, Co Tipperary.

Jim Carrey carries the coffin of ex-girlfriend Cathriona White in her home village of Cappawhite, Co Tipperary, last year. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Jim Carrey carries the coffin of ex-girlfriend Cathriona White in her home village of Cappawhite, Co Tipperary, last year. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ms Sweetman repeats allegations previously made by White's estranged husband Mark Burton that the Dumb and Dumber star gave her daughter three sexually transmitted diseases before her death.

"Jim Carrey should be ashamed of what he did to my daughter. And he should be ashamed for how he has used his Hollywood attorneys to badmouth Cat's husband Mark with the hope that nobody will hold him responsible for what he did," Ms Sweetman said in a statement.

"As a family, we want the world to know the truth about who Jim Carrey really is.

"A man that will give your daughter three STDs, lie about it, call her terrible names and demean her, use his high-priced lawyers to try and shut her and her family up, and then give her illegal drugs."

Jim Carrey and Cathriona White
Pic: Jim Carrey/Twitter
Jim Carrey and Cathriona White Pic: Jim Carrey/Twitter

In the lawsuit, Sweetman claims that he tested positive for sexual transmitted diseases in a test taken on January 28, 2013 under a false name.

"Jim Carrey and his attorney have told the world that Carrey has never had STDs and he has never tested positive for STDs. They have called me and Mark 'shams' for claiming otherwise," she wrote in a new statement.

"I am demanding they immediately release the full 2013 lab results so people can judge for themselves who is telling the truth and who is lying.

"If they publicly release and publish the full Quest Diagnostics lab report for the blood sample Carrey gave on January 28, 2013 at 11:40am under the name Jose Lopez and if it shows Carrey did not test positive for STDs, I will immediately dismiss the case and apologise."

Cathriona White with Jim Carrey in a Tipperary GAA jersey that she got him
Cathriona White with Jim Carrey in a Tipperary GAA jersey that she got him

Referring to a note left by Ms White, in which she described being called a "whore" and "an opportunist", Ms Sweetman added: "Every mother and father that has a daughter should read Cat's handwritten letter to Jim and decide for themselves what kind of guy he really is."

In papers filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court, Ms Sweetman is suing Carrey for wrongful death and violation of the Drug Dealer Liability Act.

In response to Ms Sweetman's lawsuit, Carrey's lawyer said: "It is understandable that a mother who has lost a daughter will look for someone to blame.

"But in directing her grief and rage at Jim Carrey and joining this ridiculous attempt to capitalise on Cathriona's suicide, Ms Sweetman is heading down the same dark path as Cathriona's green-card 'husband' Mark Burton."

He has denied any involvement in supplying drugs to Ms White.

"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," he said.

"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.

Cathriona White
Cathriona White

"I really hope that some day soon people will stop trying to profit from this and let her rest in peace."

In an interview with US website TMZ Carrey's lawyer Marty Singer claimed his client never gave White a single pill.

Singer called the lawsuit "a money-grab scheme".

Lawyers for the Hollywood star have previously said that the allegations against him are "bogus" and "categorically disputed".

During her time in Los Angeles, Cathriona 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 had met while working on an online comedy series.

Cathriona's ex-husband Mr Burton, in his lawsuit against Carrey, has claimed the actor used his "immense wealth and celebrity status" to access prescription drugs that caused Cathriona's death.

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

Speaking previously about Mr Burton's lawsuit, Carrey had commented: "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."

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