Hollywood film star Jim Carrey is set to face a trial for the death of his girlfriend, Cathriona White. The court hearing could come after a judge said on Wednesday she was not ready to throw out the case.
The investigation was brought by White's mother, Brigid Sweetman, and her ex-husband, Mark Burton. The pair claim that Carrey, 55, had been prescribed the drugs on which White later overdosed.
Carrey's lawyer, Raymond Boucher, had previously filed a motion to dismiss the case.
After the hearing, Boucher said: "Mr Carrey loved Ms White dearly and so obviously it will be a very painful process for him."
However, the judge made it clear that she wanted to continue to study the issues further, and she was not ready to issue a final ruling.
White's death was originally ruled as suicide, with the LA County Coroner's office releasing details from the post-mortem in July 2016.
The couple had split just days before her death and he had sent her a text message the night before asking about a bottle of painkillers that had gone missing.
Bottles were later found next to her bed under the pseudonym Arthur King.
According to ET, the report stated: "Given this, it appears likely that the bottles for 'Arthur King' found on [White's] bedside table were the prescriptions he was referring to [in the text message]."
Carrey, famed for his roles in The Truman Show, Dumb and Dumber and Bruce Almighty, has denied all the allegations, describing them as 'predatory' and 'malicious'.
The prosecution lawyer, Ahmed Ibrahim, urged Judge Deirdre Hill of Los Angeles Superior Court not to delay proceedings any longer. But he did admit that the case is not typical.
According to local newspaper MyNewsLA, he said: "We are clearly not alleging that Jim Carrey was selling drugs out of the back of his pickup truck and was therefore not marketing or selling in the traditional sense of what that world would bring to mind.
"The plaintiffs' court papers are vague regarding the wrongful death claim because they do not state whether they believe White died from negligence or from an intentional act."
At the time of her death, Carrey paid a heartfelt tribute in a statement. He said: "I am shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of my sweet Cathriona.
"She was a truly kind and delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil, to whom loving and being loved was all that sparkled. My heart goes out to her family and friends and to everyone who loved and cared about her. We have all been hit with a lightning bolt."
Last year, ex-husband Burton released some text exchanges between Carrey and White.
One exchange shows a picture of a candle burning on a hearth, with Carrey commenting on the family's tradition of burning candles in memory of late relatives.
The actor then allegedly asked his girlfriend: "Have you seen my cock today?" He added that he was worried that she might be pregnant.