Does Jim Carrey really deserve blame for his ex-girlfriend's death?
Update: Sept. 23, 1:30 PST: Mark Burton, the estranged husband of Jim Carrey's ex-girlfriend Cathriona White, has submitted a revised complaint to California's Superior Court.
In his new complaint, Burton alleges that Carrey gave Cathriona several STDs, including two strains of herpes and gonorrhea, and broke up with her when she got tested and discovered that he had transmitted them to her.
The Daily Mail reports that there's a letter White wrote to Carrey included in the complaint in which she writes about learning her diagnosis and calls herself "damaged goods." She also writes that Carrey made her feel "disrespected, degraded, called a whore, an opportunist, threatened and like an ungrateful bitch" before her suicide in 2015.
Jim Carrey faced the heartbreaking loss of his ex-girlfriend, Cathriona White, in late 2015, and now he's facing a lawsuit that claims he is to blame for her death.
Mark Burton, White's estranged husband, who was still technically married to her when she died, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Carrey according to People magazine. In the suit, Burton alleges that Carrey negligently provided White with the prescription medications that she purposely overdosed on, and also attempted to cover up his involvement after the fact by sending texts to White — including a message asking her if she "knew where his painkillers went from under his sink" that was found by police on White's phone after she died.
Burton says in the complaint that the "bogus" texts were sent only to "cover-up his conduct and complicity in her death."
"If Carrey legitimately believed White had taken the drugs from him and she had subsequently gone missing for days with no contact, then why would Carrey not immediately request law enforcement to check on her well-being after she did not return his text?" the complaint asks.
The filing also says that Carrey, who had broken things off with White just one week before she died, used his "immense wealth and celebrity status" under the fake name "Arthur King" to obtain drugs like Ambien, propranolol and Percocet and give them to White, even though he was allegedly aware that White was prone to depression and suicidal ideation.
Furthermore, Burton alleges White was the victim of a sinister side of Carrey, who had an "obsession with controlling and manipulating White" and "had the ability to monitor surveillance cameras on a home White often stayed at and was able, by design, to view the residence remotely to keep track of White's comings and goings."
I guess the big question here is: Does Carrey really deserve the blame in the death of White? Obviously, none of us know the true details of what happened in White's life, and maybe Carrey did use his fame to obtain prescriptions meds that a non-famous person would have trouble getting — but to place the sole responsibility of White's life on Carrey seems pretty harsh. Burton is undoubtedly grieving and looking for answers, and his devastation could possibly be leading him to look for something — or someone — to blame. But, again, all of us outsiders looking in don't know what the relationship between Carrey and White was really like.
"We look forward to the facts and evidence relating to Mr. Carrey's conduct and role in the death of Ms. White coming to light," Burton's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, told People.
What do you think of the lawsuit Carrey is facing?
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