Jim Carrey Slams Lawsuit Claiming He Caused Ex-Girlfriend's Death: 'Heartless Attempt to Exploit Me'
Jim Carrey is hitting back at a new lawsuit that claims he supplied his former girlfriend with the prescription drugs she used to take her own life.
"We are confident that the court will see through this abhorrent money-grab scheme," the actor said in a statement.
Last September, Cathriona White, a makeup artist, was found dead in her Sherman Oaks, California, home.
Her death was ruled a suicide by overdose on prescription drugs. The 30-year-old left a suicide note for the Truman Show actor. The two had broken up the week before.
A lawsuit, filed by White's estranged husband, Mark Burton, alleges Carrey gave White the pills, despite knowing she "was ill equipped to ingest and manage highly addictive prescription drugs outside the care of a licensed physician, was prone to depression and had previously attempted to take her own life."
The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court claims Carrey used "his immense wealth and celebrity status to illegally obtain and distribute highly addictive and, in this case deadly, controlled substances."
Michael Aventatti, the attorney representing Burton, told Inside Edition: "Mr. Carrey’s drugs that he provided illegally were provided to this young lady [who] used and overdosed on them."
According to the court documents filed by Burton, Carrey used the fake name "Arthur King” to provide White with prescription drugs.
The suit also alleges "Carrey sent a bogus text message... To White (who was already deceased) pretending as though he had misplaced the drugs and insinuating White may have taken them from Carrey without his knowledge..."
"Mr. Carrey realized he had a problem and in an effort to solve that problem, he covered it up," Aventatti told Inside Edition.
Carrey looked grief-stricken when he served as a pallbearer at White's funeral in Ireland. According to published reports, the Man on the Moon actor agreed to pay funeral costs.
Carrey ripped the suit, saying in a statement: "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.”
In his statement Carrey also said "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."