Jim Carrey is still being sued for wrongful death in the suicide of a woman he once dated, but the dead woman’s husband won’t be in court Thursday as scheduled after he dropped a separate legal action against his wife’s landlord.
The man whose late wife dated Carrey has dropped his lawsuit seeking to recoup a security deposit on a Sherman Oaks home his wife rented just months before she took her own life at age 30, but he’s still pursuing his case against the actor.
Attorneys for Mark Burton as well as the estate of Cathriona White filed court papers Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court asking that the case against landlord Mally Azarmipur be dismissed.
Lawyers on both sides could not be reached for comment on whether a settlement was reached or if the case was not being pursued for other reasons. A trial had been scheduled to begin Thursday.
Both Burton and White’s mother, Brigid Sweetman, filed separate wrongful death lawsuits this year against Carrey, blaming the actor for White’s fatal overdose.
Carrey and White, a hair and makeup artist, had dated off and on since 2012 while she was married to Burton.
His original complaint regarding the security deposit was filed in January 2016. In addition to breach of contract, it alleged Azarmipur was obligated to provide the plaintiffs with an itemized statement regarding the disposition of the $9,200 security deposit and to return any funds due within 21 days after the premises were vacated.
The amended lawsuit sought a return of the entire security deposit, plus $18,400 in statutory damages, for a total of $27,600.
White leased the property in May 2015 and lived there until her death from a drug overdose four months later. In addition to the security deposit, she paid $4,600 a month in rent, the suit states.
Burton contacted Azarmipur in November 2015 asking about the security deposit, and the landlord said it would not be returned, according to the complaint.
An attorney who previously represented Azarmipur stated in his court papers that Burton did not have standing to sue. The lawyer also maintained that his client did not have to provide an itemized statement to Burton within 21 days of the property being vacated because 226 days remained before expiration of the lease term.
—City News Service
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