Jim Carrey Wrongful Death Lawsuit
A new lawsuit is filed by the estranged husband of Cathriona White, Jim Carrey ex-girlfriend. Marc Burton sued the actor in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday accusing Carrey of providing the prescription drugs his wife, Cathriona White, used to overdose in September 2015. The wrongful death lawsuit contends Carrey improperly obtained prescriptions for Ambien, Propranolol, and Percocet by using the “bogus name” Arthur King to obtain the illicit drugs.
Burton and White married in 2013, but the couple was separated and planned to divorce. He was separated form White during the time of her death, and he is suing for wrongful death and violation of the drug dealer liability act. He claims Carrey gave her the medications days before she was found dead in one of Carrey’s homes. “despite the fact that he knew full well that Ms. White was ill equipped to ingest and manage highly addictive prescription drugs outside the care of a licensed physician; was prone to depression; and had previously attempted to take her own life.” The lawsuit accuses Carrey of violating a section of California’s Health and Safety Code against the use of aliases to obtain prescription medications.
What does it mean for Jim Carrey? Legal expert Troy Slaten says that the big issue for the actor here is “one for money”. Even if Carrey loses this lawsuit, he does not face any jail time arising out of civil litigation. “The courts are so backlogged in the county of Los Angeles; it takes at least three years for a civil lawsuit to proceed to a jury trial.” Slaten adds: “To prevail in this civil wrongful death lawsuit, the plaintiff must prove that Carrey was the ‘proximate cause’ of this woman’s death in order for the police to investigate Jim Carrey on this matter. They have to believe that one, a crime occurred and two, Carrey likely committed the crime. It is up to the district attorney to decide whether and what kind of criminal charges are to be filed.”
As for Jim Carrey, the actor is making it clear he has no intentions of settling the suit and vows to fight the case: “there are moments in life when you have to stand up and defend your honor against the evil in this world.” Carrey wrote in a statement. “What a terrible shame. “I will not tolerate this heartless attempt to exploit me or the woman I loved. I really hope that someday soon people will stop trying to profit from this and let her rest in peace.”
Sources: washingtonpost.com, eonline.com