Jim Carrey Fights Back Against Lawsuits in Personal Account of Ex-Girlfriend’s Suicide

Gene Maddaus and Lawrence Yee
Variety

Jim Carrey is pushing back against two lawsuits accusing him of complicity in his ex-girlfriend’s suicide.

In a lengthy declaration filed in court, Carrey gave a detailed account of his relationship with Cathriona White, who died of an overdose in September 2015. He also attacked White’s mother, Brigid Sweetman, and White’s estranged husband, Mark Burton, who have accused Carrey of supplying White with the painkillers she used to end her life.

Carrey’s attorneys are seeking to put the litigation on hold until Sweetman posts a $372,700 bond, which they contend will be necessary to cover Carrey’s legal defense.

The motion also included a 10-page declaration from Carrey in which he narrated the troubled relationship in deeply personal terms.

In the declaration, obtained by Variety, Carrey professed that he “truly cared” for White but like all couples they had their “ups and downs.” Carrey said that he paid for White’s housing and provided her a stipend, but turned down her request for marriage so she could avoid deportation back to Ireland. In order to obtain a green card, White married Burton, even though she and Carrey were still dating.

Carrey vehemently denied White’s 2013 accusations that he gave her three sexually transmitted diseases, and even got back with her in November 2014 because “she still loved me and I still loved her.”

In September of 2015, Carrey said he and White disagreed about cohabitating and she moved out. Carrey confirmed he was taking pain medication sparingly for a back injury at the time, but the pills disappeared when White moved out. His declaration ends with him describing the shock after learning she had overdosed on them and how he’s been in mourning ever since.

Attached to the declaration as exhibits were more than a dozen photographs of Carrey and White in happier times, correspondence from Sweetman, and his final text messages to her, as well as White’s suicide note (which did not mention any sexually transmitted diseases, which Sweetman says drove her daughter to commit suicide).

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