Tuesday 12 December 2017

Jim Carrey accused of 'never paying a dime' of late girlfriend Cathriona White's funeral expenses

Hollywood actor Jim Carrey and Cathriona White
Hollywood actor Jim Carrey and Cathriona White
Jim Carrey carrying the coffin of ex-girlfriend Cathriona White. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
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Jim Carrey has been accused of failing to pay late girlfriend Cathriona White's funeral expenses after initially offering to cover costs.

On Monday, Ms White's mother Brigid Sweetman and estranged husband Mark Burton filed an amended complaint in the Superior Court of California, Los Angeles, alleging he "never paid a dime of funeral expenses" and "reneged on his offer" after learning that Ms White had left her family a "minimal amount of money."

Mr Carrey, who was dating Ms White on and off since 2012, has not yet commented on the allegations.

Ms White, from Cappawhite, Co Tipperary, was found dead in her Los Angeles home in September 2015, with some of her family launching legal proceedings against Mr Carrey one year later.

Jim Carrey carrying the coffin of ex-girlfriend Cathriona White. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Jim Carrey carrying the coffin of ex-girlfriend Cathriona White. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ms Sweetman and Mr Burton are suing the actor (55) claiming he provided the drugs used in the 30-year-old make-up artist's suicide.

Mr Carrey previously launched a counterclaim against Mr Burton and Ms Sweetman, with his attorneys Todd Eagan and Martin Singer labelling the suit as a "shakedown."

"The evidence is irrefutable that White sought out and stole Carrey's prescription medication from his home and intentionally ingested large quantities for the sole purpose of ending her life, leaving behind detailed suicide notes," Mr Egan said.

"There is no basis to impose liability on Carrey for White's suicide."

"Together with their unscrupulous attorney who regularly makes false statements to the media against Carrey about this action, they seek to cash in on White's tragic suicide.

"They are driven by greed. Their outrageous claims are doomed to fail."

A judge in Los Angeles also ruled the case could proceed, setting a provisional trial date for April, 2018.

The actor denies all the allegations.

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