Tuesday 6 December 2016

'He should be ashamed' - Cathriona White's mother sues Jim Carrey in the US

Laura Larkin

Published 11/10/2016 | 22:30

Cathriona White
Cathriona White
Cathriona White
Jim Carrey carries the coffin of ex-girlfriend Cathriona White ahead of her funeral in Co Tipperary
Cathriona White
Jim Carrey and Cathriona White Pic: Jim Carrey/Twitter
Cathriona White
Cathriona White
Cathriona White
(Photo: Instagram/Cathriona White)
Jim Carrey and his girlfriend Cathriona White
Cathriona White and her sister Lisa

The mother of Jim Carrey's ex-girlfriend Cathriona White is suing the actor for the wrongful death of her daughter.

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It follows a similar case filed less than a month ago by Ms White's estranged husband, Mark Burton.

Cathriona, from Cappawhite, Co Tipperary, died by suicide in September 2015. The actor, who she was separated from at the time of her death, attended the funeral in her home town.

Cathriona's mother Brigid Sweetman said Carrey should be "ashamed" of his treatment of her daughter, amid claims he illegally provided the Irish make-up artist with prescription drugs involved in her suicide.

Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey

Ms Sweetman also repeats allegations, previously made by Mr Burton, that the actor gave her daughter three sexually transmitted diseases before her death in September 2015.

"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."

Cathriona White (left) and her sister Lisa posing for pictures on Lisa’s wedding day in August 2014.
Cathriona White (left) and her sister Lisa posing for pictures on Lisa’s wedding day in August 2014.

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.

She claims 'The Mask' star tested positive for "numerous STDs" on January 28, 2013, and provided a false name - Jose Lopez - for the test.

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.

Jim Carrey and his girlfriend Cathriona White
Jim Carrey and his girlfriend Cathriona White

"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."

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, 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 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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