Jim Carrey is standing up for himself
In a very assertive manner.
The actor was hit with a wrongful death lawsuit yesterday, about a year about long-time girlfriend Cathriona White committed suicide.
The legal documents were filed on Monday by White’s estranged husband, Mark Burton, in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
According to these papers, Burton – who was legally married to White at the time of her tragic death in September of 2015 – claims that Carrey used his "immense wealth and celebrity status" to illegally obtain the drugs that killed his wife.
White left a suicide note on September 24 of last year that referenced Carrey.
She and the actor broke up about a week before she took her own life via an overdose on prescription drugs.
A toxicology report confirmed that White had a variety of drugs in her system at the time of her death, including propranolol (a beta blocker used to treat high blood pressure), zolpidem (a sleep aid sold as Ambien), and painkillers oxycodone and oxymorphone.
None of thse pills had been prescribed to her.
The lawsuit alleges Carrey had an "obsession with controlling and manipulating White" and "had the ability to monitor surveillance cameras on a home White often stayed at and was able, by design, to view the residence remotely to keep track of White’s comings and goings."
It also cites Carrey’s doctor as being an accomplice to a "conspiracy" that led to White’s death.
In response to this harsh allegations, Carrey released a statement last night.
It reads as follows:
"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 is referring to a financial settlement when it mentions a "back room" with the lawyer.
The actor continues:
"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.
"I really hope that some day soon people will stop trying to profit from this and let her rest in peace."
A native of Ireland, White moved to Los Angeles to work as makeup artist. She reportedly met Carrey shortly thereafter in 2012 and the pair instantly hit it off.
In her suicide note, White apologized to Carrey for failing to be there for him.
Of their recent split, she wrote:
"I’ve spent 3 days now in disbelief that you’re not here. I can go on brokenhearted and try to put the pieces back. I could, I just don’t have the will this time"
And she concluded: "Please forgive me. I’m just not for this world."
Shortly after her suicide, Carrey said that he was "deeply saddened by the passing of my sweet Cathriona."
"She was a truly kind and delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil, to whom loving and being loved was all that sparkled."