SHERMAN OAKS—On Monday, September 19, Jim Carrey was sued by Mark Burton, the husband of his former girlfriend, Cathriona White. Carrey is accused of illegally supplying White with prescription drugs that resulted in her death in September 2015.
According to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office she died from an overdose of prescription drugs. Burton alleges that Carrey used an alias to obtain the drugs. White was discovered dead in her Sherman Oaks home on September 28, 2015.
In a statement, Jim Carrey called the wrongful death lawsuit, “a terrible shame.” He added, “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” said Carrey in his statement.
According to TMZ, at the time of White’s death, she and Carrey had an on-and-off romance and had broken up the week before her death. Burton’s lawsuit said White was “engaged in a sexual relationship with Carrey” at the time of her death.
“After obtaining these drugs illegally and under a bogus name (‘Arthur King’), Mr. Carrey proceeded to provide the prescription drugs to … Cathriona White,” despite knowing that White was “prone to depression and had previously attempted to take her own life,” the lawsuit states. “The result that followed was predictable and foreseeable.”
According to USA Today, Burton’s lawsuit states, Carrey tried to “conceal and obfuscate his involvement and culpability in Ms. White’s untimely and tragic death.”
According to Patch.com, the suit also alleges that Carrey knew about White’s state of mental health, her battle with depression and her previous attempts to take her own life.
Patch.com reported that according to the coroner’s toxicology report, White was found to have propranolol — a blood pressure medication, zolpidem — commonly sold as the sleep aid Ambien, and painkillers oxycodone and oxymorphone in her system at the time of her death.
The lawsuit alleges that Carrey had surveillance cameras on the home where White stayed. He supposedly was able to track her going in and out the home. Allegedly Carrey’s assistant checked the camera and noticed White had not moved from the home for more than 24 hours. “After learning of this fact, neither Carrey nor his assistant alerted authorities,” the suit states.
Burton’s lawsuit does not specify monetary values he is seeking, but it does demand a jury trial.
According to the lawsuit, Carrey tried to paint himself as a “grieving good guy” by offering to pay for White’s funeral in Ireland so he wouldn’t look like he was closely involved in her death. Burton’s suit notes that Carrey never paid anything of the funeral expenses. “Instead, Carrey reneged on his promise after learning that White had left a minimal amount of money to her family,” the suit says. “Not surprisingly, he never informed the media of his broken promise and decision to stiff the family.”