Jim Carrey's Wrongful Death Lawsuit Has Been Dismissed

Feb 1, 2018 at 10:16 a.m. ET
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Updated Feb. 1, 2018, at 7 a.m. PT: A wrongful death lawsuit filed against Jim Carrey that was set to go to court this year has been dismissed, E! News reports. Brigid Sweetman, mother of Carrey's late ex-girlfriend, Cathriona White, filed the suit after White's death by suicide in 2015, accusing Carey of illegally obtaining the drugs White used before her overdose and subsequent death.

"The case and all claims against Jim Carrey have been dismissed," Carrey's publicist told reporters. "He is extremely grateful to everyone in his life who supported him throughout this challenging episode."

Despite her case being dismissed, Sweetman released a statement that was positive overall.

"Mr. Burton and Ms. Sweetman are pleased the case has been resolved," her statement, released by her lawyer, reads. "They appreciate the support they have received worldwide."

The case had a set court date in April, and the trial was expected to last around four weeks. Carrey had filed a countersuit against Sweetman for extortion, calling her wrongful death suit a "shameful shakedown for money." The outcome of that suit is still pending.

Original story, published June 2, 2017: E! News reported today that actor and comedian Jim Carrey could face trial next year over the death of his ex-girlfriend Cathriona White. She was found dead in her Los Angeles home in September 2015, and the cause of her death was later determined to be suicide from an overdose. Carrey was sued by White’s mother, Brigid Sweetman, in October 2016. The wrongful death case is still up for deliberation.

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Sweetman claims that Carrey provided White with the drugs that killed her and “intimidated and threatened her in an effort to silence her,” according to E!. Carrey and his lawyers have responded by seeking to strike all allegations against him, as they are “irrelevant, false and improper.” He calls the suit a “shameful shakedown for money.”

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On Wednesday, however, according to E! News, Judge Deirdre Hill of the Los Angeles Superior Court explained that she needs more time to consider everything in the case. She indicated that she would not throw out the case, despite requests from Carrey and his lawyers. Hill has set a trial date for April 2018, saying the case could take up to 20 days.

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