I, like any child who grew up in the ’90s, essentially idolized Jim Carrey growing up. Ace Ventura, Liar Liar, The Mask, the list of Carrey 1990s classics goes on and on. However, as time has gone on, Carrey has sort have faded into the celebrity background. That all changed in September 2015, when the suicide of his girlfriend, Cathriona White, put Carrey back in the limelight.
White, a 30-year-old Irish makeup artist who dated the comedian on and off for three years, was found dead and surrounded by prescription pill bottles in her Los Angeles home on September 28, 2015. A suicide note addressed to Carrey found at the scene seemed to voice regret.
Now, close to two years later, a California judge reaffirmed that she is inclined to allow the husband and mother of Cathriona White to move forward with their lawsuits alleging the actor gave her prescription drugs that she used to commit suicide.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Deirdre Hill once again did not issue a final ruling, saying she wanted to study the issues further. In addition to wrongful death, the lawsuits that Mark Burton and Brigid Sweetman filed against Carrey allege violation of the Drug Dealer Liability Act in connection with the death of Cathriona White.
Hill first heard arguments on defense motions to dismiss the lawsuits on March 29 and issued a tentative ruling in favor of the plaintiffs, but said she wanted to mull the issues further. After Wednesday’s additional arguments, she remained undecided and did not say when she would rule.
Attorney Raymond Boucher, on behalf of Carrey, told Hill that the lawsuit does not state which provision of the Drug Dealer Liability Act the plaintiffs are relying on in their lawsuits. One section of the act calls for there to be a conviction, something that has not happened in Carrey’s case, Boucher said.
According to the suit, Carrey used surveillance cameras at the home to keep track of White, but although the actor’s assistant knew that the footage showed White last entered the home on September 24, 2015, and had not left for more than a day, neither Carrey nor the assistant called police.
Furthermore, Burton claims that after White’s death, Carrey engaged in a “charade” by offering to pay her funeral expenses so as to portray himself as a “grieving good guy” as opposed to “the individual who had illegally obtained and provided the drugs that killed White,” but “never paid a dime of funeral expenses.”
The loss of White’s life is tragic, but as a Carrey guy through and through, I’m really hoping he pulls through and his name is cleared. Innocent until proven guilty in America, right? Let’s hope.