Jim Carrey’s former girlfriends husband has filed a lawsuit against the actor for allegedly supplying prescription drugs that contributed to her fatal overdose
Cathriona White, a 30-year-old hairstylist and beautician, was found dead in her home in Sherman Oaks, a neighborhood in north Los Angeles. At the time of her funeral, White was believed to have committed suicide.
Mark Burton of Portland sued Carrey in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, accusing the actor of providing the prescription drugs his wife Cathriona White used to overdose in September 2015. The wrongful death lawsuit contends Carrey improperly obtained prescriptions for Ambien and the powerful opioid oxycodone under the alias Arthur King.
Jim Carrey has responded to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the estranged husband of his ex-girlfriend, calling it a “heartless” attempt to exploit him and vowed to fight the case. “What a terrible shame,” Carrey wrote in a statement. “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.”I will not tolerate this heartless attempt to exploit me or the woman I loved,” Carrey wrote. “I really hope that some day soon people will stop trying to profit from this and let her rest in peace.”
According to Burton, White had a history of depression and had previously attempted suicide. Because of that, Burton claimed that Carrey acted with “reckless disregard of causing serious harm and injury” to White. “Ms. White was ill-equipped to ingest and manage highly [addictive] prescription drugs outside the care of a licensed physician,” the lawsuit said.