UPDATE: Jim Carrey criticized the wrongful death lawsuit in a statement to Us Weekly as a "heartless attempt" to exploit him and his late girlfriend.
Original story below:
The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by White’s husband, Mark Burton. The spouses were separated, and she was dating The Truman Show actor, 54, on and off at the time she was found dead in her Sherman Oaks, California, home from an overdose of medications that included Ambien, Propranolol and Percocet, according to the toxicology report.
According to USA Today, Burton’s lawsuit claims the drugs that contributed to the makeup artist’s overdose came from three pill bottles bearing the name Arthur King, which the lawsuit alleges a doctor illicitly prescribed to Carrey using the actor’s pseudonym.
“After obtaining these drugs illegally and under a bogus name (‘Arthur King’), Mr. Carrey proceeds to provide the prescription drugs to … Cathriona White,” the documents claim, according to USA Today. The suit further alleges that Carrey knew White was “prone to depression and had previously attempted to take her own life. The result that followed was predictable and foreseeable.”
Burton’s lawsuit claims that after her death, Carrey attempted to “conceal and obfuscate his involvement and culpability in Ms. White’s untimely and tragic death.”
After White’s passing, the comedian attended White’s funeral in her hometown in Cappawhite, Ireland, in October 2015 and served as one of the pallbearers.
“I am shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of my sweet Cathriona,” Carrey told Us Weekly in a statement at the time. “She was a truly kind and delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil, to whom loving and being loved was all that sparkled. My heart goes out to her family and friends and everyone who loved and cared about her. We have all been hit with a lightning bolt.”
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