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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Carrey On The Hotseat

'The public deserves to know the truth': Mother and husband of Jim Carrey's ex-girlfriend say they are 'looking forward to trial' against the actor after his bid to have case over her suicide thrown out fails

  • Jim Carrey has failed in his attempt to get a wrongful death lawsuit over his ex-girlfriend's suicide thrown out of court
  • Claimed the actor used his 'wealth, influence and celebrity status' to provide the prescription drugs on which Cathriona White, 30, overdosed
  • The Irish make-up artist's husband Mark Burton and her mother Brigid Sweetman are suing the Dumb And Dumber star in Los Angeles
Jim Carrey has failed in his attempt to get a wrongful death lawsuit over his ex-girlfriend's suicide thrown out of court.
A judge confirmed a trial would go ahead over claims the actor, 55, used his 'wealth, influence and celebrity status' to provide the prescription drugs on which Cathriona White, 30, overdosed.
The Irish make-up artist's husband Mark Burton and her mother Brigid Sweetman are suing the Dumb And Dumber star in Los Angeles.
Jim Carrey has failed in his attempt to get a wrongful death lawsuit over his ex-girlfriend's suicide thrown out of court
Jim Carrey has failed in his attempt to get a wrongful death lawsuit over his ex-girlfriend's suicide thrown out of court
Cathriona and her mother Brigid Sweetman
White's estranged husband Mark Burton filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Carrey in October after White committed suicide in 2015
White's mother Brigid Sweetman (pictured left) and estranged husband Mark Burton (right) filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Carrey in October after White committed suicide in 2015
Michael Avenatti, who represents the pair, said: 'In light of the court's recent rulings entirely in our favour, we look forward to the trial in April.
'The public deserves to know the truth.'
Carrey's lawyer Raymond Boucher had asked Los Angeles Superior Court to strike out the case.
But Judge Deirdre Hill ruled that Carrey should face a jury over the claims of wrongful death and allegations under the Drug Dealer Liability Act.
She also ruled against Carrey's privacy request and said the jury should hear medical evidence regarding claims that he gave Ms White three sexually transmitted diseases. 
Court documents detailed texts between the pair, in which White said she was concerned about STDs, and Carrey sought to reassure her.
White, who began dating The Mask actor in 2012, contracted both herpes and chlamydia in 2013.
Carrey reportedly dismissed claims that he transmitted them to her and said she had contracted them from someone else.
Following the confrontation, the pair broke up, with Carrey sending her a text message saying: 'You have become too much drama.' 
Text messages show Cathriona had discussed concerns about contracting STDs from the actor
Carrey appears to dismiss the claims that she got them from him and says she may have contracted the diseases from someone else
Text messages show Cathriona had discussed concerns about contracting STDs from the actor, but Carrey appears to dismiss the claims that she got them from him and says she may have contracted the diseases from someone else  
Cathriona White was found dead of a prescription drug overdose in her California residence September 2015
Cathriona White was found dead of a prescription drug overdose in her California residence September 2015
A letter from White was also shown, in which she told Carrey she felt she had been 'disrespected, degraded, called a w***e, an opportunist, threatened.'
She continued: 'I will always be damaged goods, have a stigma attached.'
It was not clear when the letter was written.
White wrote a letter to Carrey claiming he called her a 'whore' and an 'opportunist' when she confronted him about the STDs
White wrote a letter to Carrey claiming he called her a 'whore' and an 'opportunist' when she confronted him about the STDs
Mr Boucher denied that Carrey would now attempt to settle the case, adding: 'We are preparing for trial.' 
Carrey also dropped a request for Ms Sweetman to put a bond of 372,000 dollars (£290,000) aside to go towards the comedian's costs if he is successful in fending off the case.
Mr Boucher wrote to the court asking for the request to be dismissed on the basis that Ms Sweetman lacks the means to pay and is ill.
Ms White, from Cappawhite, Co Tipperary, was found dead in her Los Angeles home in September 2015.
Canadian-born Carrey previously dismissed the allegations as 'malicious' and 'predatory'.
The 20-day trial is due to begin on April 26.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4646462/Jim-Carrey-fails-court-bid.html#ixzz4lJK6BTb9
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