Everyone knows Jim Carrey for his brilliant work as an actor in the comedic world. Fans were shocked to hear that he was recently sued in the Los Angeles Superior Court by his late girlfriend’s mother, Brigid Sweetman, and husband, Mark Burton for providing prescription drugs to suicidal Cathriona White. The wrongful death lawsuit contends Carrey improperly obtained prescriptions for Ambien and the powerful opioid oxycodone under the alias Arthur King. Jim Carrey’s lawyers, Todd Eagan and Martin Singer, state, “the evidence is irrefutable that White sought out and stole Carrey’s prescription medication from his home and intentionally ingested large quantities for the sole purpose of ending her life, leaving behind detailed suicide notes. There is no basis to impose liability on Carrey for White’s suicide”. Singer further states that Carrey’s prescriptions were legally obtained and his doctor and insurers were aware of his aliases for prescriptions to protect his privacy.
In a motion filed on October 18, 2016, Carrey’s attorneys paint a picture of a “green card” husband and an estranged mother. In Jim Carrey’s 10-page declaration, he states he met White at a Guns N’ Roses concert in 2012 and fell in love. Carrey states White wanted to marry him so she could avoid being deported to Ireland, but he wasn’t willing to. He later learned, in January of 2013, White got married, while at the same time maintaining her actual relationship with Carrey.
Carrey was devastated by White’s passing and stated, “What a terrible shame. It would be easy for me to get in a back room with Burton’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. I will not tolerate this heartless attempt to exploit me or the woman I loved. White’s troubles were born long before I met her and sadly her tragic end was beyond anyone’s control. I really hope that someday soon people will stop trying to profit from this and let her rest in peace”. Carrey’s attorneys want the court to push pause on the case until Sweetman posts a bond of $372,700 to make sure Carrey can recover his litigation costs. Carrey argues Sweetman’s claims are meritless and she would be unable to establish damages.