— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) July 17, 2015
Actor and comedian Jim Carrey is facing trial for the death of his ex-girlfriend Cathriona White, a 30-year-old make-up artist.
White died from an overdose on Ambien, Propranolol and Percocet in September of 2015 just days after she and Carrey ended their relationship. The pills that took her life were allegedly supplied by Carrey, but White’s family believes he played a greater role in her death.
According to a civil lawsuit filed by White’s mother, Brigid Sweetman, Carrey transmitted gonorrhea, Herpes 1 and Herpes 2 to White and pressured her to keep the news secret. White’s ex-husband Mark Burton presented the court with texts between White and Carrey demonstrating a “destructive relationship.” Carrey allegedly attempted to coerce White into signing a document that would absolve him of responsibility for the sexually transmitted diseases.
Carrey’s attorneys denied these charges saying, “Sweetman and her attorney released the embarrassing information about White solely in an attempt to gain leverage against Carrey.”
The court was also provided documents written by White herself claiming that she was “disrespected, degraded, called a whore, an opportunist, threatened” and made to feel like an “ungrateful bitch” by Carrey.
Carrey’s lawyers filed a legal document claiming “[The allegations] are based on categorical lies concocted by Sweetman in collaboration with White’s ‘green card’ husband with whom White never lived as husband and wife, and whom she married only to avoid deportation to Ireland. There is absolutely no evidence that Carrey furnished his prescription medications to White. Rather, she stole them.”
His lawyers attacked Sweetman’s credibility calling her a “long estranged” mother who “abandoned her family during White’s childhood.”
Michael Avenatti, representing Sweetman, responded with the following statement,
Jim Carrey [has] filed a baseless motion with the court as part of his continued attack on a grieving mother. His conduct is disgusting and dishonest. Who attacks a mother of a dead girl?
Carrey and his ‘fixer’ lawyers are trying to deceive the media and the public.
They are 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. We are confident that the court will see through the nonsense Carrey is peddling.”
Carry claims that he was not responsible for White’s death and that he was “devastated” by the loss. He posted the following image with the message “Love cannot be lost” on Twitter after her death,
Love cannot be lost. ? pic.twitter.com/XxPYOhkdzc
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) October 10, 2015
Los Angeles Superior Court judge Deirdre Hill has refused to dismiss the civil lawsuit against Carrey. Avenatti believes his clients have a case and that Carrey will be held responsible for an indirect role in White’s death.
“We have located nearly every text message, picture and email between them over the last four years by conducting a forensic examination of electronic media,” he said in a statement to the press. “The evidence will show that Carrey and his handlers are not shooting straight with the media or the public.”
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