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Lawsuit a 'heartless attempt to exploit me and the woman I loved. I won't tolerate it' - Carrey

Jane O'Faherty

Published 21/09/2016 | 02:30

Jim Carrey helping to carry her coffin outside the church in Cappawhite, Co Tipperary, during
her funeral last October. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Jim Carrey helping to carry her coffin outside the church in Cappawhite, Co Tipperary, during her funeral last October. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Hollywood star Jim Carrey has launched a scathing attack on a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the estranged husband of his Irish girlfriend.

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Mark Burton, the estranged husband of Tipperary woman Cathriona White, lodged a complaint alleging the star illegally obtained and distributed the prescription drugs involved in her death. Mr Carrey has vowed to fight the motion, describing it as "heartless".

Cathriona White
Cathriona White

Ms White, a make-up artist from Cappawhite, was found dead at her Los Angeles home in September 2015 after overdosing on prescription drugs. A coroner's report ruled the death as a suicide.

Hundreds of mourners attended her funeral in her home town, and Mr Carrey was one of the pallbearers.

In a statement, Mr Carrey refuted the allegations by Mr Burton and described the lawsuit as 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," 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.

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

Meanwhile, Mr Carrey's lawyer Marty Singer said his client never gave pills to Ms White and called the lawsuit a "money-grab scheme".

Judd Weiss, a friend of Ms White, said the news of the lawsuit was "awful" and he hoped Ms White would be allowed to rest in peace.

In the case filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Mr Burton claimed that Mr Carrey used his "immense wealth and celebrity status" to get the prescription drugs illegally.

Painkillers

Mr Burton also alleged that Mr Carrey then tried to hide his involvement. Mr Burton also claimed that Mr Carrey had an "obsession with controlling and manipulating" Ms White and that he used surveillance cameras in her home to monitor her.

According to a coroner's report released in July, Mr Carrey sent a text message to Ms White a day before her body was found, asking where his painkillers had gone from under his sink.

Mr Burton claims the message was a "bogus text ... in an effort to cover up his conduct and complicity in her death" by "pretending as though he had misplaced the drugs and insinuating White may have taken them from Carrey without his knowledge".

Mr Burton also alleges Mr Carrey "continued his charade" by publicly offering to pay for Ms White's funeral. "In reality, Carrey never paid a dime of funeral expenses," the complaint alleges.

The case is for violation of the drug dealer liability act and wrongful death, and seeks unspecified damages as well as reimbursement for funeral expenses and lawyer's fees.

Irish Independent

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