Jim Carrey Fires Back at Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Jim Carrey is speaking out against the wrongful death lawsuit filed against him regarding the death of his ex-girlfriend, Cathriona White, who died of a drug overdose last year.
According to the court papers, obtained by People, White’s estranged husband, Mark Burton, filed the suit, claiming that Carrey used his “immense wealth and celebrity status” to illegally obtain the drugs that killed his wife.”
Carrey, who had split from White a week before her death, responded to these allegations in a statement (via People) on Monday (Sept. 19, 2016):
What 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 honor against the evil in this world. 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.
White was found dead in September 2015 in L.A., and the toxicology report confirmed her death as a suicide. At the time of her death, she had a variety of medications in her system, including Ambien and painkillers oxycodone and oxymorphone. None of the drugs found were prescribed to the 30-year-old.
Burton claims that Carrey used aliases to acquire drugs, which he allegedly gave to White, and that he tried to “control” every aspect of her life.
“We look forward to the facts and evidence relating to Mr. Carrey’s conduct and role in the death of Ms. White coming to light,” Burton’s lawyer Michael Avenatti told People in a statement.