Jim Carrey Slams Wrongful Death Lawsuit: ‘I Will Not Tolerate This Heartless Attempt’

Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey on April 18, 2015, in Los Angeles. Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Jim Carrey is fighting back against the allegations that he contributed to his late girlfriend Cathriona White’s September 2015 death. As previously reported by Us Weekly, White’s estranged husband, Mark Burton, is suing the actor for wrongful death.

"What a shame. It would be easy for me to get back in a room with this man’s lawyer and make this go away, but there are 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,” Carey said in a statement to Us Weekly Monday, September 19. "Cat's troubles were born long before I met her, and sadly her tragic end was beyond anyone's control. I really hope someday soon people will stop trying to profit from this and let her rest in peace."

Jim Carrey and Cathriona White
Cathriona White and Jim Carrey on May 21, 2015. AKM-GSI

White was separated from Burton and was dating The Truman Show actor on and off prior to her death. According to the autopsy report released by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office, her death was caused by “multiple drug effects” and was ruled a suicide. The toxicology report noted that she had four prescription drugs in her system — including Ambien, Percocet and Propranolol — at the time of death.

White was found inside her home in the L.A. neighborhood Sherman Oaks.

According to documents obtained by USA Today, Burton claims that the drugs that contributed to the makeup artist’s death were prescribed to Carrey under his pseudonym Arthur King, and that the Golden Globe winner “provide[d] the prescription drugs to … Cathriona White.”

Burton also alleges in the suit that Carrey was aware that White was “prone to depression” and that following her death, the actor attempted to “conceal and obfuscate his involvement and culpability in Ms. White’s untimely and tragic death.”

Carrey’s lawyer, Marty Singer, told Us in a statement, "Jim never supplied his prescription medications to Ms. White." He also added that the Dumb and Dumber To star's prescriptions were "legally obtained medications that were prescribed to him by his doctor," and that the actor would "vigorously fight" the lawsuit.

If you or someone you know is struggling, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255).

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