Wednesday 13 December 2017

Carrey will find trial over death of former partner 'very painful'

Cathriona White
Cathriona White

Sam Blewett

Actor Jim Carrey will find a trial over his ex-girlfriend's wrongful death "very painful", his lawyer said after a date was set for the star to face a jury.

Cathriona White's mother and husband are suing the actor (55) claiming he provided the drugs used in the make-up artist's suicide.

Ms White (30) from Cappawhite, Co Tipperary, was found dead in her Los Angeles home in September 2015. A coroner recorded her death as suicide.

A judge at Los Angeles Superior Court indicated she would not throw out the case as requested by Raymond Boucher, Carrey's lawyer, and estimated a trial would last 20 days.

Actor Jim Carrey carries the coffin of his former partner, Cathriona White
Actor Jim Carrey carries the coffin of his former partner, Cathriona White

After the hearing, Mr Boucher said: "Mr Carrey loved Ms White dearly and so obviously it will be a very painful process for him."

Ms White's mother Brigid Sweetman claims the Canadian-born star provided the prescription drugs, Ambien, Propranolol and Percocet, that she overdosed on.

The 'Dumb And Dumber' actor denies all the allegations, with his lawyers describing them as "malicious" and "predatory".

In court, Mr Boucher argued allegations under drugs legislation were likely to fall outside the statute of limitations and said the wrongful death claims were too vague.

Ahmed Ibrahim, representing the claimants, urged Judge Deirdre Hill not to delay proceedings any longer, saying Carrey's lawyers will keep coming back for another "bite of the apple".

Ms Sweetman also alleges Carrey gave her daughter three sexually transmitted diseases and pressured her to keep it quiet before her death.

Ms White's husband Mark Burton is suing Carrey over similar claims. The judge said she would send her final ruling on Carrey's motion to strike to lawyers but indicated she would side with the prosecution at least in part.

She set a date for the trial to begin on April 26.

Irish Independent

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