Carrey: Wrongful death lawsuit a heartless attempt to exploit me
ACTOR Jim Carrey issued a statement on Monday responding to a wrongful death lawsuit brought against him.
The husband of Carrey's former girlfriend sued on Monday, accusing him of illegally supplying Cathriona White with prescription drugs that resulted in her death last year.
"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 honour against the evil in this world," Carrey said.
The lawsuit filed by Mark Burton in Los Angeles Superior Court accused the 54-year-old of "using his immense wealth and celebrity status to illegally obtain and distribute highly addictive and, in this case deadly, controlled substances".
Ms White, 30, an Irish-born make-up artist, was found dead in her Los Angeles apartment in September last year, in an apparent suicide.
Carrey's statement also said: "I will not tolerate this heartless attempt to exploit me or the woman I loved.
"Cat's troubles were born long before I met her and sadly her tragic end was beyond anyone's control."
Mr Burton's lawsuit said Ms White was "engaged in a sexual relationship with Carrey" at the time of her death.
Mr Burton's attorney, Michael Avenatti, told The Washington Post that Ms White and Mr Burton had been married since January 2013.
Reports said she and Mr Burton were estranged before her death.
Carrey's attorney, prominent celebrity lawyer Marty Singer, dismissed the suit as nothing but a bid by Mr Burton to extort money from the actor.
Celebrity news website TMZ quoted Mr Singer as saying Ms White "stole" Carrey's prescription medication and that he never gave her any pills.
According to the coroner's office, Ms White overdosed on a lethal amount of prescription drugs including Ambien, Propranolol and Percocet.
Mr Burton is listed in website IMDb as a 39-year-old boom and camera operator.
In his lawsuit, he alleged that Carrey obtained Percocet, Ambien and Propranolol under the name of Arthur King and gave them to Ms White, even though he knew she "had previously attempted to take her own life".
The suit alleges that three pill bottles found near Ms White bore the name Arthur King.
Mr Burton also said Carrey had made "an effort to cover up his conduct and complicity in her death" by implying that she may have taken the drugs without his knowledge.
The lawsuit says Carrey sent a "bogus text message" to Ms White on Sept 27, when she was already dead, inquiring as to the whereabouts of the drugs.
Mr Burton added that the actor never made good on his offer to pay for funeral expenses.
Carreyhas two previous marriages that ended in divorce.
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