Jim Carrey accuses Cathriona White's mother of asking him to buy her a house in response to wrongful death suit
Jim Carrey has filed legal documents asking for the wrongful death lawsuit against him to be suspended as he submitted evidence detailing his side of the story.
The Dumb & Dumber star (54) is being sued by his late girlfriend Cathriona White's mother Brigid Sweetman and her estranged husband Mark Burton, alleging he provided White with prescription drugs involved in her suicide. She also claims he gave Cathriona a number of STDs.
Cathriona, from Cappawhite, Co Tipperary, had been living in Los Angeles working as a makeup artist and took her own life in September 2015. She was dating Carrey on and off since 2012 and he flew to Ireland for her funeral last year.
The actor has legally responded to the suit, lodging document on Tuesday which include copies of suicide notes, pictures of him and Cathriona together and text messages exchanged between them.
His attorneys Todd Eagan and Martin Singer labelled Burton and Sweetman's suit as a "shakedown", alleging Ms Sweetman previously asked the actor to buy her a home in November 2015 and “threatened suicide”.
"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," 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."
The Truman Show star claims White married Burton for a green card, saying she initially approached him in order to continue residing in the US.
"To my surprise, I later learned that in January 2013 Cat married a man in Las Vegas for her green card, while at the same time maintaining her actual relationship with me," Carrey wrote in the documents.
According to the comedian, they first met in 2012 at a Guns N’ Roses concert and they split after she falsely accused him of giving her an STD. They rekindled their relationship in 2013.
"Despite the rocky ending of our first relationship, Cat and I decided to put our breakup behind us and start seeing each other again. What followed was a new relationship, with ten wonderful, loving months together of the most beautiful relationship ever,” he continued.
Carrey is now asking for the court to push Ms Sweetman to post a bond of $372,700 to cover his legal costs.
In the 10-page lodgement, Carrey said Sweetman called him in November to notify him that people were vandalising her home and she had been receiving death threats, in which she allegedly told him she was “on the point of killing herself” and reportedly asked him to buy her a new home, which he declined.
He says she became "angry and bitter" when he declined.
Ms Sweetman and Mr Burton are being represented by American attorney Michael Avenatti, who labelled Carrey as a “fraud”.
"Jim Carrey and his 'fixer' lawyers are trying to deceive the media and the public," he told the Hollywood Reporter.
"They are attacking a grieving mother and making up facts they know to be untrue in an effort to save Carrey’s career, which was over when he lied about not having STDs ... Carrey is a fraud and when he is forced to testify under oath, the ugly truth will be laid bare."