Jim Carrey (54) has hit back at allegation he cause the death of his girlfriend Cathríona White by supplying her with drugs. The Hollywood star released a statement after it emerged he is being sued.
The suit is being taken by Mark Burton, White’s estranged husband. The 30-year-old hairdresser from Tipperary, was found dead in her Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles apartment on September 28, 2015 after ingesting an overdose of prescription drugs, including Ambien, Propranolol, Zofran and Percocet.
Carrey is accused of illegally supplying the drugs to White and covering it up with a bogus text asking if she had taken drugs from his home. The suit also claims Carrey never paid for the funeral as he had promised.
The Hollywood star released this statement: "What a terrible shame. 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," Carrey, 54, said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
"I will not tolerate this heartless attempt to exploit me or the woman I loved," he continued. "Cat's troubles were born long before I met her and sadly her tragic end was beyond anyone's control."
Carrey, who had split from White a week before her death, concluded, "I really hope that some day soon people will stop trying to profit from this and let her rest in peace."
In the Superior Court of Los Angeles Burton claims Carrey used “his immense wealth and celebrity status to illegally obtain and distribute highly addictive and, in this case deadly, controlled substances."
The suit claims that Carrey provided the drugs “to his 30-year old-girlfriend Cathríona White” and “did so despite the fact he knew full well that White (a) was ill-equipped to ingest and manage highly-addictive prescription drugs outside the care of a licensed physician; (b) prone to depression, and (c) had previously attempted to take her own life.”
The papers say White’s death was “predictable and foreseeable.”
The lawsuit claims Carey illegally obtained prescription drugs while using the fake name “Arthur King.”
The suit says Carrey had an “obsession with controlling and manipulating White” and that after White’s death, Carrey tried to “conceal and obfuscate his involvement and culpability in White’s untimely and tragic death.”
White’s autopsy report, obtained by the Daily Mail, reveals that White had broken up with Carrey just a few days before her death and had taken some of his prescription medication from his home. However, Burton claims the text message from Carrey to White stating that was bogus and delivered after White had died.
According to the Irish Mirror, White weighed a tragic 84 pounds at the time of her death. Earlier reports state that she was an undocumented immigrant and converted Scientologist.
In a suicide note addressed to Carrey (care of his assistant Nicole Montez who, with White’s friends Dennis and Lena Bradshaw, discovered her body) found on the dining room table of her home, White wrote:
“I’ve spent three days now in disbelief that you’re not here. I can go on and try to put the pieces back together. I could, I just don’t have the will this time.
“I’m sorry you felt I wasn’t there for you. I tried to give you my best part.
“I don't really know about burial or that sort of thing,” She wrote. “You are my family so whatever you choose will be fine.”
“Please forgive me. I'm just not for this world.”
The note was signed “Dewdrop,” believed to be Carrey’s pet name for White.
The report states that White had no known mental health issues during her time in the US, though her friends noted her “depressive qualities,” and her former husband, Mark Burton, from whom she was separated, said he was aware that his former wife suffered from depressive episodes and had spoken about suicide.
Carrey and White had gone through an on-again-off-again relationship since 2012. They first separated in 2013, during which time, White’s friend Jenny Burpee told investigators, her friend ceased eating and sleeping for nearly a year. The couple later reunited in 2014.
In September of last year, four days before her death, White wrote a “sign-off” from her Twitter account, which friends only saw once it was too late. On that day – September 24 – White sent Carrey a text message asking that he call her if he was awake. They had a three-minute-long Face Time conversation a few hours later.
On September 27, the day before White died, Carrey sent her a text message asking her if she knew where his prescription painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs, which had been under his sink, had gone. She did not reply to that message.
The official report from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office states that White died from a lethal cocktail of prescription drugs.