A note written by Carrey’s ex-girlfriend Cathriona White has surfaced, alleging the actor “introduced” her to multiple things, including hard drugs and prostitutes. The opposition’s lawyer has already accused Carrey of giving White three sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The letter was allegedly written in April 2013.
White intentionally overdosed on prescription medication, which was supposedly provided by Carrey. The wrongful death lawsuit against Carrey was filed by White’s estranged husband, Mark Burton, and White’s mother, Brigid Sweetman, who amalgamated their complaints into one single case.
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The body of the 30-year-old makeup artist, originally from Ireland, was discovered in her Los Angeles home in September 2015. She and Carrey, 55, met in 2012, and dated on and off.
There was some hope for a settlement out-of-court between the parties, but Burton and Sweetman’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, has insisted multiple times in the past that he wants Carrey to take the stand at trial and has been demanding his deposition for months.
On Friday, Carrey filed a counter-complaint against Burton, Sweetman and White’s lawyer Filippo Machino (along with Machino’s office, The X Law Group). Carrey once again alleged that the lawsuit is an extortion attempt.
In response to the counter-complaint, Avenatti released the 2013 letter.
Composed on an iPad in Notes, the note is meant for Carrey and was released by Avenatti after the legal team uncovered it “during a forensic examination of Ms. White’s iPad.” It’s unclear if Carrey or anyone else read the note prior to White’s death.
Avenatti said in a statement that the note is “written in Cat’s own words, [and] shows the world how Jim Carrey treated her while she was alive and the depths of his destructive behavior.”
As he’s stated in the past, Avenatti then said he’s looking forward to trying the case in front of a jury.
In response to the letter, Carrey’s lawyer Ray Boucher said, “This note helps establish the evidence that this was pure fraud, and that [White], her lawyers and others were trying to establish a basis for Jim into ultimately settling with her based on these false claims… this was part of her and her lawyers’ [sic] campaign to extort money from Jim and ultimately he succumbed.”
In yet another response, Avenatti responded to Boucher, saying “Jim Carrey is so desperate to avoid the public knowing the truth about his own outrageous conduct that he has now resorted to outlandish accusations against innocent people. As his interview from a few weeks ago shows, the guy is incoherent and unhinged. He needs help.”
In August, Carrey was permitted by the court to use White’s health records at trial.
Boucher had previously attempted to get the judge to throw the lawsuit out of court, calling it “malicious” and “predatory.” Carrey himself has called the lawsuit a “shakedown,” and denies any wrongdoing on all accounts.
Boucher contends that White had breast augmentation surgery prior to her death, and had been prescribed painkillers and other pills that ultimately led to her overdose.
“One of the issues is her prescription medication,” said Boucher in court. “We know she had breast surgery that month, we know she had oxycodone prescribed to her.”
Her family’s legal team attempted to argue against the medical records’ admission on privacy grounds, but Judge Deirdre Hill ruled that the records could be disclosed.
The medical records should also determine whether or not White had any STIs prior to dating Carrey.
The actor will face the jury trial in April 2018.
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