The actor and comedian Jim Carrey has been sued in relation to the death of his ex-girlfriend Cathriona White, whose body was found in her house in Sherman Oaks, California, on September 28 of last year. White, according to the lawsuit and news reports, took her own life by overdosing on prescription pills and left a note addressed to Carrey.
The complaint, filed by White’s husband, Mark Burton, lists “violation of the Drug Dealer Liability Act” and “wrongful death” as its two causes of action and demands a jury trial. Dated Monday, it was first reported by the lawyer Daniel Wallach on Twitter.
The complaint alleges that Carrey used “his immense wealth and celebrity status to illegally obtain and distribute highly addictive and, in this case deadly, controlled substances,” according to a PDF of the document posted online by Wallach.
According to the lawsuit, Carrey “wrongfully and illegally obtained…prescriptions for Ambien, Propranolol, and Percocet (oxycodone) under a false name, ‘Arthur King,’ in violation of California law,” and that he “thereafter wrongfully and illegally supplied, marketed and distributed these controlled substances to White.” The plaintiff, the complaint says, is entitled to economic and non-economic damages, as well as exemplary damages, reasonable attorney’s fees and cost of the lawsuit.
The complaint says that the plaintiff plans to request a “pre-judgement attachment of Carrey’s assets, including his Gulfstream V private jet.”
Burton also alleges that Carrey’s conduct “was both extreme and outrageous and was done with the specific intent to cause, or with reckless disregard of causing, serious harm and injury to White.” His conduct, the complaint alleges, caused White “serious mental and physical distress, which resulted in her untimely death.”
The complaint makes several other claims, including that Carrey attempted to cover up his involvement by sending a “bogus text message” to make it seem as though he couldn’t find the drugs in question.
It also alleges that Carrey “continued his charade” by offering to pay for funeral expenses to portray himself as a “grieving, good guy,” but then reneged on his offer without making his change of heart public.
The lawsuit includes a list of 10 categories of damages and other expenses Burton is seeking.
The complaint does not provide evidence or detailed explanations to back its assertions. The lawyer filing the case on Burton’s behalf, Michael Avenatti, declined to comment on Burton and White’s relationship at the time of her death other than to say that they were legally married. He tells Newsweek that “Mr. Burton wants justice in this case and in particular he wants the truth relating to the drugs that killed his wife to be known.”
Carrey’s publicist did not immediately respond to Newsweek’s requests for comment.
Read the full complaint here: