Jim Carrey, sued for wrongful death by his late girlfriend’s estranged husband and her mother, countersued both Friday, alleging they sued to try and coerce the actor into agreeing to settle the case to avoid public embarrassment.
“A cottage industry that both feeds upon and exploits the public vulnerability of those who have achieved Hollywood notoriety is firmly planted,” the Los Angeles Superior Court countersuit states. “Hollywood stars are caught in the Hobson’s choice of publicly fighting these false claims or confidentially settling the potential litigation for millions of dollars in order to save them from public embarrassment, ridicule, and pile-on litigation.”
In their consolidated lawsuit, Mark Burton and Brigid Sweetnam allege Carrey used a false name to obtain the drugs that 30-year-old Cathriona White used to kill herself in September 2015 and that he provided them to her despite knowing she was prone to depression and had previously attempted suicide.
The pair also allege Carrey gave White sexually transmitted diseases without warning her.
But the countersuit states that White’s suicide was her own doing.
“Cat decided to end her life,” the countersuit states. “She committed suicide by taking a cocktail of pills, some her own, others secretly taken by her from Jim’s home.”
In the three years before her death, White had previously contemplated suicide, the suit states.
“Many of the suicide notes she wrote over the years had a common theme, ‘I am not for this world,”‘ the countersuit states.
White told friends she hated her mother and had been estranged from her for years, the countersuit states.
“In fact, other than seeing Ms. Sweetman at her sister’s wedding, Cat had no relationship with Ms. Sweetman during her adult life,” the countersuit states.
Carrey is seeking unspecified damages and also released a statement.
“I will not give in … to these same fraudulent charges initiated by Cat’s husband in name but not substance Mark Burton, and her estranged mother,” the statement read. “Nor am I responsible for what these desperate characters have inadvertently unearthed about the woman I adored. I was clearly blinded by my affection. Regardless, I will hold a place of empathy, and forgiveness for Cat and continue to focus on the many blessings in this life.”
–City News Service