Jim Carrey sued for wrongful death of girlfriend

Jim Carrey was sued Monday for wrongful death and drug violations, accused by his late girlfriend's husband of illegally obtaining and giving her the powerful painkillers she used to kill herself in September 2015.

The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles by Mark Burton, an Oregon man who was married to Cathriona White, 30, at the time of her death, when she had been in a relationship with Carrey.

The Irish-born make-up artist was found dead in a Sherman Oaks home on Sept. 28, 2015; the Los Angeles County coroner's office later ruled White took her own life by overdosing on prescription drugs, including Ambien, Propranolol and Percocet (oxycodone).

"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."

Afterwards, Burton's lawsuit says, Carrey tried to "conceal and obfuscate his involvement and culpability in Ms. White's untimely and tragic death."

The lawsuit does not specify how much money Burton is seeking but it does demand a jury trial.

Among the allegations in the lawsuit:

Carrey had surveillance cameras on the home where White stayed and was able to remotely keep track of her comings and goings. Before she was discovered, Carrey's assistant checked the camera and noticed White had not moved from the home for more than 24 hours. "After learning of this face, neither Carrey nor his assistant alerted authorities," the suit says.

The drugs found in White's body all came from three pill bottles found near her body and bearing the name "Arthur King."  The suit says Carrey got the drugs from a doctor who conspired with Carrey to illegally prescribed them to him under the false name of Arthur King.

"Carrey wrongfully and illegally obtained these drugs in clear violation of California law," the suit says.

Burton's suit says Carrey sent a bogus text message to White on Sept. 27, when she was already dead, pretending he had misplaced the drugs and "insinuating White may have taken them from Carrey without his knowledge, when in reality Carrey knew full well that he had voluntarily and illegally provided the fraudulently obtained and prescribed drugs to White days prior," the lawsuit says.

Carrey's offer to pay for White's funeral in Ireland was merely an effort to paint him as a "grieving good guy" as opposed to someone closely involved in her death, according to the suit.

USA TODAY


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