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Friday 24 November 2017

'The public deserves to know the truth' - Carrey to face trial over Cathriona's death

Jim Carrey carrying Cathriona White coffin
Jim Carrey carrying Cathriona White coffin
Cathriona White

Jim Carrey has failed in his attempt to get a wrongful death lawsuit over his Irish ex-girlfriend's suicide thrown out of court.

A judge confirmed a trial would go ahead over claims the actor (55) used his "wealth, influence and celebrity status" to provide the prescription drugs on which Cathriona White (30) overdosed.

The Tipperary-born make-up artist's husband, Mark Burton, and her mother, Brigid Sweetman, are suing the Dumb And Dumber star in Los Angeles.

"In light of the court's recent rulings entirely in our favour, we look forward to the trial in April," said Michael Avenatti, who represents the pair.

"The public deserves to know the truth."

Mr Carrey's lawyer Raymond Boucher had asked Los Angeles Superior Court to strike out the case.

However, Judge Deirdre Hill ruled that Mr Carrey should face a jury over the claims of wrongful death and allegations under the Drug Dealer Liability Act.

She also ruled against Mr Carrey's privacy request and said the jury should hear medical evidence regarding claims that he gave Ms White three sexually transmitted diseases.

Mr Boucher denied that Mr Carrey would now attempt to settle the case, adding: "We are preparing for trial."

Request

Mr Carrey also dropped a request for Ms Sweetman to put a bond of $372,000 (€327,000) aside to go towards the comedian's costs if he is successful in fending off the case against him.

Mr Boucher wrote to the court asking for the request to be dismissed on the basis that Ms Sweetman lacks the means to pay and is ill.

Ms Sweetman claims Mr Carrey provided the prescription painkillers her daughter overdosed on and also claims the Canadian-born star gave Ms White three sexually transmitted diseases.

She also alleges Mr Carrey had pressured Ms White to keep quiet about the STDs. Ms White, from Cappawhite, Co Tipperary, was found dead in her Los Angeles home in September 2015. The actor has previously dismissed the allegations as "malicious" and "predatory".

The 20-day trial is due to begin on April 26.

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