Actor Jim Carrey and his girlfriend, Cathriona White, began their off-and-on relationship in 2012. It was a relationship that her mother said took a toll on the young woman and ultimately contributed to her suicide in late 2015.
White was found dead in her home on September 28 surrounded by pills and a suicide note apologizing to the famed actor. The note read:
“I don’t really know about burial or that sort of thing. You are my family so whatever you choose will be fine. Please forgive me. I’m just not for this world.”
Brigid Sweetman, White’s mother, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Carrey, claiming that he purchased drugs for her daughter under the name “Arthur King” that she would later use to intentionally overdose.
According to earlier reports, the lawsuit also claimed that Carrey gave her daughter “three STDs” and then threatened her to keep her quiet. She said in a statement:
As a family, we want the world to know the truth about who Jim Carrey really is — a man that will give your daughter three STDs, lie about it, call her terrible names and demean her, use his high priced lawyers to try and shut her and her family up, and then give her illegal drugs.
White’s estranged husband, Mark Burton, also slammed Carrey with a lawsuit for similar reasons. Both cases were eventually combined into one.Debbie Hickey/Stringer/Getty Images
And now, Carrey will finally show his face in court.
According to People, the Hollywood star will give a sworn deposition next month to answer questions about his late girlfriend’s suicide.
Michael Avenatti, Burton and Sweetman’s attorney, told People that he’s been trying to get Carrey’s deposition for months. He said:
“He will now be forced to answer questions about how he gave Ms. White three STDs, humiliated and demeaned her, and then gave her the drugs she used to kill herself. We are counting the days until the truth is known.”
But Carrey’s lawyer, Ray Boucher, punched back. He said that the actor is actually “looking forward” to the deposition:
“The truth has been known for sometime. A troubled woman took her life and Jim Carrey had nothing to do with it. He’s looking forward to his deposition being taken because the truth ultimately will prevail, and there’s nothing in his deposition that is going to change the truth.”
Carrey previously said in a statement that the lawsuits were a “terrible shame” and that he would “defend [his] honor.”