Jim Carrey Will Face Wrongful Death Trial Over Ex-Girlfriend's Suicide
Jim Carrey is set to face a wrongful death trial following his ex-girlfriend's suicide after withdrawing an attempt to have it blocked.
A judge has announced the trial will go ahead over claims the Dumb And Dumber actor used his 'wealth, influence and celebrity status' to obtain the prescription drugs which 30-year-old Cathriona White would use to overdose in her death.
Her estranged husband, Mark Burton, and mum, Brigid Sweetman, are now suing Carrey.
Carrey at White's funeral. Credit: PA
Judge Deirdre Hill decided Carrey should face a jury over the wrongful death claims and under the Drug Dealer Liability Act.
She also threw out Carrey's request for privacy, saying the jury should hear the medical evidence surrounding claims that he gave White three sexually transmitted diseases during their relationship.
Michael Avenatti, who is representing Burton and Sweetman, said: "In light of the court's recent rulings entirely in our favour, we look forward to the trial in April.
"The public deserves to know the truth."
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Carrey has reportedly dropped a request for Sweetman to put up a bond of $372,000 (£290,000) to go towards his costs if he wins the case.
Raymond Boucher, Carrey's lawyer, told the Telegraph: "There is no attempt to settle. Right now we are fighting over the discovery."
Irish-born White was working as a make-up artist in Los Angeles when she met Carrey.
In a statement, shortly after filing the case, Sweetman said: "Jim Carrey should be ashamed of what he did to my daughter.
"And he should be ashamed for how he has used his Hollywood attorneys to badmouth Cat's husband, Mark, with the hope that nobody will hold him responsible for what he did."
Carrey has also strenuously denied any wrongdoing, calling the allegations 'predatory' and 'malicious'.
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