Jim Carrey might be trying to blackmail his late ex's family into silence

Oct 13, 2016 at 8:45 p.m. ET
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Things are starting to get super-ugly between Jim Carrey and the family of his late ex-girlfriend, Cathriona White, and it's beyond sad.

Both White's mother and estranged husband have recently filed wrongful death lawsuits against Carrey, claiming he is responsible for her suicide — and now an attorney for White's family is making claims that Carrey is attempting to dig up dirt in effort to keep them quiet.

The attorney, Michael Avenatti, claims he has been contacted by several friends of White who wanted to alert him they have been asked questions by private investigators Larry Broadhurst and Ed Guttierez that were "designed to get [White’s friends] to speak badly about the grieving family," according to a statement from Avenatti to Page Six.

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"Within the last 48 hours, two private investigators working for Carrey have been doing everything they can to come up with information for Carrey to use," Avenatti said.

"How dare Carrey and his Hollywood lawyers try and malign the family and intimidate them," Avenatti added. "Sending private investigators out to dig up dirt on a grieving mother is disgusting. These people have no bounds."

The claims by White's family come just a couple of days after her mother, Brigid Sweetman, filed a suit alleging Carrey had given White multiple STDs and provided her with the prescription medications used in her suicide before breaking up with her. Sweetman reportedly also offered to retract her wrongful death suit if Carrey submitted official documentation proving he was clear of all STDs.

If White's family's claims are true, it certainly doesn't bode well for Carrey. Especially considering it wouldn't be very hard for him to get an STD test to prove he is innocent of their accusations.

For his part, Carrey asserts that White's family is trying to make a buck off her death and that he is not guilty of anything for which they are blaming him.

"I will not tolerate this heartless attempt to exploit me or the woman I loved," he said in a statement. "Cat’s troubles were born long before I met her and sadly her tragic end was beyond anyone’s control. I really hope that someday soon people will stop trying to profit from this and let her rest in peace."

What do you think? Is Carrey telling the truth, or did he severely mistreat White, resulting in her death?

If you suspect someone might be considering suicide or you have struggled with those thoughts yourself, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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