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28th Jun 2017

Jim Carrey To Face Trial Over ‘Wrongful Death’ Of Ex-Girlfriend Cathriona White


Actor Jim Carrey has failed to get a wrongful death lawsuit against him over the suicide of his ex-girlfriend thrown out of court.

The Irish Independent reports that a judge has confirmed the trial will take place over claims by Cathriona White’s family that Jim Carrey used his “wealth, influence and celebrity status” to provide the prescription drugs which Cathriona overdosed on.

She was found dead in her Los Angeles home in September 2015.

The Tipperary woman’s husband Mark Burton and her mother Brigid Sweetman are suing the Ace Ventura star in a court in LA.

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.”

Jim Carrey’s lawyer had asked Los Angeles Superior Court to strike out the case, however a judge ruled he will face a jury of the claims of wrongful death and allegations under the Drug Dealer Liability Act.

A privacy request by Carrey was also overruled, and so the jury will hear medical evidence of claims that the actor also gave Cathriona three sexually transmitted diseases.

Carrey has also dropped a request for Cathriona’s mother Brigid Sweetman to pay a bond of €327,000 if he wins the case, saying that she lacks the means to pay and is ill.

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 (€327,000) 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.

Jim Carrey has also previously dismissed the allegations as “malicious” and “predatory”.

The 20-day trial is set to begin on April 26th, 2018.

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