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Court dismisses wrongful death lawsuit against Jim Carrey

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A wrongful death lawsuit brought against Jim Carrey in regards to the 2015 suicide of his former girlfriend has been dismissed. The death of Cathriona White from an overdose prompted a lawsuit by the woman’s mother and estranged husband claiming the actor illegally supplied prescription drugs.

E! News reports the case will not go forward to trial, with a publicist for Carrey saying, “The case and all claims against Jim Carrey have been dismissed.” The lawsuit alleged Carrey had illegally provided the prescription drugs with which White took her own life (she left a suicide note addressed to Carrey), but after attorneys for White’s family released a 2013 iPad note supposedly from White to Carrey, claiming the actor introduced her to “cocaine, prostitutes, mental abuse” and more, the actor responded with a countersuit, claiming this was the second time his former girlfriend’s family had tried to extort money from him. The claim outlined a prior attempt to demand millions of dollars from the actor to prevent White from going to the press with false claims that he had infected her with STIs.


Carrey has not made a public announcement following the dismissal of the suit (the same publicist says the actor is “grateful to everyone in his life who supported him throughout this challenging episode”), but at the time of the countersuit last year he put out a release which included these statements: “I will not give in a second time to these same fraudulent charges initiated by Cat’s husband in name but not substance Mark Burton, and her estranged mother. Nor am I responsible for what these desperate characters have inadvertently unearthed about the woman I adored.”

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