Once one of the biggest stars in the world, Jim Carrey has recently been faced with controversy more than he has a box office hit. And now he is being sued for the wrongful death of his ex-girlfriend Cathriona White. Mark Burton, the husband of White, has filed a lawsuit against the actor this past Monday, accusing him of supplying Cathriona with prescription drugs, which resulted in her death.
"There are some moments in life when you have to stand up and defend your honor against the evil in this world."
The lawsuit filed by Mark Burton claims Carrey used his 'immense wealth and celebrity status' to get highly addictive drugs and controlled substances illegally, which he gave to his former girlfriend Cathriona White. White was 30 at the time of her death. Born in Ireland, she was a make-up artist who dated Jim Carrey on and off for a number of years. She was found dead in her Los Angeles apartment nearly a year ago. At the time, her death was confirmed to be a suicide. Jim Carrey's statement went onto read the following.
"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."
TMZ reported at the time of Cathriona White's death that she and Jim Carrey had been broken up for a week before her suicide, but her husband claims the two were "engaged in a sexual relationship". Burton goes onto claim that Carrey had illegally obtained the prescription drugs Percocet, Ambien and Propranolol under the name of "Arthur King" and gave them to White knowing she had previously attempted suicide.
Burton is currently seeking a jury trial in the case. He also claims that Carrey tried to cover up his own misconduct and his "complicity in her death". Carrey previously stated that White may have taken drugs from him without his knowledge. Carrey is said to have made quite a few public announcements in his offer to pay for his ex-girlfriend's funeral costs, but he never made good on those offers.
Jim Carrey is best known for his slapstick comedy, having starred in the blockbuster hits Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Bruce Almighty. Before datining Cathriona White he was in a well-publicized relationship with Jenny McCarthy that ended in 2010. He was married twice before, with both marriages ending in divorce.