Jim Carrey learns outcome of wrongful death lawsuit over ex-girlfriend
Back in 2015, Jim Carrey was accused of providing the drugs that led to the untimely death of his late girlfriend, Cathriona White. Despite Carrey vehemently denying the accusations, the case has rumbled on for the best part of three years, until today.
White's mother and estranged husband had accused the actor, who is one of the most recognisable faces in show business, of supplying White with the drugs she used to take her own life, as well as alleging that he had given her three sexually-transmitted diseases.
The 30-year-old Irish makeup artist was found dead just days after separating from Carrey. The bottle of painkillers that White had used to kill herself was registered under the name Arthur King, a pseudonym known to be used by Carrey to hide his identity.
Due to the nature of the death, the case involved the Drug Dealer Liability Act. Back in May 2017, the lawyer for the defense said:
"We are clearly not alleging that Jim Carrey was selling drugs out of the back of his pickup truck and was therefore not marketing or selling in the traditional sense of what that word would bring to mind."
Carrey's lawyer, Raymond Boucher, argued that the court papers were too vague as they did not state whether the defence believed White died from negligence or from an intentional act.
After filing a countersuit against his accusers, Carrey said:
"There’s a lot of news coming out today. This is my statement on the matter. Today I filed a cross-complaint against Filippo Marchino, The X-Law Group, Mark Burton and Brigid Sweetman.
Unfortunately, I made the mistake three years ago of giving in and settling false claims made against me by Mr. Marchino, on behalf of Cat, as mounting a public defense is a very costly and painful process."
"At the time I felt Cat was being exploited by Marchino.
Since this new case was filed, I have discovered the depth of deception behind those false claims, the kind of deception decent people fall for, because to us, such behaviour is unimaginable.
I will not give in a second time to these same fraudulent charges initiated by Cat’s husband in name but not substance Mark Burton, and her estranged mother.
Nor am I responsible for what these desperate characters have inadvertently unearthed about the woman I adored."
However, despite the defense believing that they had a strong case against the actor, it has emerged that Carrey will not face trial over Cathriona's death.
A spokesperson for Carrey confirmed the case had been dismissed on January 25, adding that there would be no further comment from the actor, but that he was now "looking forward to moving on with his life".
Michael Avenatti, the attorney for the accusers, issued a brief statement which read: "We have no further comment at this time."
Hopefully, he can now move on with his life and career and Cathriona can be laid to rest peacefully.