Jim Carrey, June 7, 2014 - Danny Harrison/Flickr
CAIRO – 1 February 2018: A wrongful death lawsuit leveled against comedic actor Jim Carrey over the death of his ex-girlfriend has been dismissed, ensuring that the actor will not go to trial this spring.
Carrey’s misfortunes began in September of 2015, when his former girlfriend Cathriona White, an Irish make-up artist, died of a drug overdose. Thus began a bitter legal struggle against White’s family, who accused Carrey of being directly responsible for Cathriona’s mental issues that eventually lead to her suicide.
Her relationship with Carrey had been on-and-off, spanning from 2012 to 2015. Notes found in White’s home revealed that she had been depressed since their relationship began to fail in 2013. Sometime after her death, Carrey released a statement expressing his grief over the loss of White.
A year later, White’s estranged husband Mark Burton filed a lawsuit alongside White's mother Brigid Sweetman against Carrey, claiming he had supplied white with the drugs in the first-place. They further claimed that Carrey had obtained the drugs illegally, changing his name in order to acquire them. In September 2017, Burton and Sweetman’s attorneys released an iPad message from 2013 reportedly sent from White to Carrey, where she claimed he introduced her to drugs and infected her with various STDs.
Carrey fought back with his own countersuit, with his attorney claiming the accusations were all false. Carrey also claimed that White, under guidance of her attorney, was blackmailing Carrey by threatening to lie to the press that he had infected her with herpes, unless he paid her millions of dollars. Carrey settled the matter out of court by paying an undisclosed sum to White.
A turn in the case came when the actor’s lawyer discovered that White had fabricated her STD tests, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Carrey’s attorney, Raymond Boucher, posted his declaration of the findings on the website scribd.com, where he pointed out that the 2011 tests proving she had been clean before their relationship began was forged.
A representative for the actor confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the matter had finally been settled on January 25, and that Carrey was past the ordeal.
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