Monday 24 September 2018

Hollywood star Carrey is cleared over death of Irish ex-girlfriend

Carrey was a pallbearer at her funeral. Photo: PA
Carrey was a pallbearer at her funeral. Photo: PA

Alice Vincent

Film star Jim Carrey has been cleared over involvement in the death of his Irish ex-girlfriend Cathriona White and will not face a trial.

The Hollywood star has been embroiled in a bitter lawsuit after Ms White's husband and mother sued him, saying Carrey was responsible for her death by drug overdose in 2015.

Ms White, from Cappaghwhite, Co Tipperary, was a make-up artist who dated Carrey on and off between 2012 and 2015. She died aged 30 at her home in Los Angeles after taking a cocktail of prescription drugs.

Her medical record and sexually transmitted disease (STD) test results were recently found to have been forged.

Ms White had changed the details of a friend's clean 2011 test to suggest she had been infected only after beginning a relationship with Carrey.

A spokesperson for Carrey (55) confirmed to 'The Hollywood Reporter' the matters were dismissed on January 25.

Cathriona White dated film star Jim Carrey for several years before her death from a cocktail of prescription drugs at her home in Los Angeles
Cathriona White dated film star Jim Carrey for several years before her death from a cocktail of prescription drugs at her home in Los Angeles

Her mother Brigid Sweetman and estranged husband Mark Burton declined to comment.

The development comes a few months after Carrey filed a countersuit against his accusers, insisting they were trying to extort him.

He claimed that between March and August 2013, Cathriona, with her lawyer Filippo Marchino's help, threatened to "go to the press" with false claims that he had given her STDs unless he paid her "millions of dollars".

Carrey later wrote on Twitter: "Today I filed a cross-complaint against Filippo Marchino, The X-Law Group, Mark Burton and Brigid Sweetman.

"Unfortunately, I made the mistake three years ago of giving in and settling false claims made against me by Mr Marchino, on behalf of Cat, as mounting a public defence is a very costly and painful process. At the time I felt Cat was being exploited by Marchino.

"Since this new case was filed, I have discovered the depth of deception behind those false claims, the kind of deception decent people fall for, because to us, such behaviour is unimaginable.

"I will not give in a second time to these same fraudulent charges initiated by Cat's husband in name but not substance Mark Burton, and her estranged mother. Nor am I responsible for what these desperate characters have inadvertently unearthed about the woman I adored.

"I was clearly blinded by my affection.

"Regardless, I will hold a place of empathy, and forgiveness for Cat and continue to focus on the many blessings in this life."

Irish Independent

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