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Veteran comic actor Jim Carrey was sued Monday for allegedly procuring drugs under a bogus name for his ex-girlfriend, who died of an overdose last year, and then trying to hide his involvement. Reacting to the suit the actor said in a statement, “There are moments in life when you have to stand up and defend your honor against the evil in this world.
I will not tolerate this heartless attempt to exploit me, or the woman I loved.”
According to the suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by Mark Burton, the estranged husband of Carrey’s former girlfriend Cathriona White, the actor “used his immense wealth and celebrity status” to obtain opioids for her.
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Burton alleges that the actor purchased the drugs under the fake name “Arthur King” and then “took steps to conceal and obfuscate his involvement and culpability” after White’s death.
Carrey’s attorney, prominent celebrity lawyer Marty Singer, dismissed the suit on Monday as nothing but a bid by Burton to extort money from the actor. The celebrity website TMZ quoted Singer as saying White “stole” Carrey’s prescription medication and that he never gave her any pills. The suit alleges that Carrey was obsessed with controlling and manipulating the 30-year-old woman with whom he had an on-again, off-again relationship since 2012 and was able to monitor surveillance cameras at a home in the Los Angeles area where White often stayed.
The actor and his assistant were allegedly aware that White had not left the home for well over a day in September, when she died, but failed to act.
News reports at the time said that she and Carrey had broken up a few days before her death. White sent a cryptic message on her Twitter account on the day the couple reportedly broke up that read: “Signing off Twitter, I hope I have been a light to my nearest and dearest.”