There is legal trouble on the horizon for comedian Jim Carrey. Last year, Carrey’s girlfriend was found dead in her home after an apparent drug overdose. Cathriona White was 30-years-old at the time of her death, and toxicology reports state that four prescription drugs were found in her system. There was a mixture of painkillers, beta blockers and sleep aides found in her system, and her death was officially ruled a suicide in July of this year. Carrey and White dated on and off for three years despite the fact that White was legally married to another man. According to records in Clark County, Nevada, White married Mark Burton on January 14, 2013. Burton was still legally married to White at the time of her death. Burton has now filed a lawsuit against Carrey alleging that Carrey provided White with the drugs that ended her life. The lawsuit alleges that Carrey used his wealth and celebrity status to obtain drugs illegally and provide them to White. According to the lawsuit, Jim Carrey obtained the drugs by using the false name of “Arthur King” for the sole purpose of distributing them to Ms. White. The lawsuit states,
“Mr. Carrey did so despite the fact that he knew full well that Ms. White was ill equipped to ingest and manage highly additive prescription drugs outside the care of a licensed physician; was prone to depression; and had previously attempted to take her own life.”
The lawsuit goes on to state that Carrey was,
“pretending as though 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” them to White just days prior.”
The lawsuit further states that
“Carrey had an “obsession with controlling and manipulating White” and “had the ability to monitor surveillance cameras on a home White often stayed at. Carrey’s assistant remotely checked the surveillance cameras and had determined White had not left the residence in over a day at the time surrounding her death, yet neither Carrey nor his assistant alerted authorities, according to the lawsuit. If Carrey legitimately believed White had taken the drugs from him and she had subsequently gone missing for days with no contact, then why would Carrey not immediately request law enforcement to check on her well-being after she did not return his text?”
Burton is not only seeking economic and emotional damages but he also wants criminal actions to take place against Carrey. According to Burton’s lawyer, Micheal Avenatti,
“We will be calling for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office to investigate Mr. Carrey’s role in connection with the death of Cathriona White,”
There has been no word from Jim Carrey’s camp regarding the matter.
So, what are your thoughts? Do you think Carrey should be held responsible? Let me know in the comments.
By Ronda Brooks