Jim Carrey will not face trial over his late girlfriend Cathriona White’s suicide in September 2015.
White’s mother and estranged husband had accused the actor of providing the drugs White used to take her own life in September 2015, but it’s now been revealed the allegations have been dismissed.
The two accusers, Brigid Sweetman and Mark Burton also alleged Carrey gave White three sexually-transmitted diseases.
A spokesperson for Carrey confirmed the case had been dismissed on January 25, adding there would be no further comment but Carrey was ‘looking forward to moving on with his life’.
Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Sweetman and Burton, issued a brief statement which read:
We have no further comment at this time.
White’s death was ruled a suicide by the LA County Coroner’s office, the body which released details from the post-mortem in July 2016.
The 30-year-old Irish make up artist and Carrey had separated a few days before her death. The bottle of painkillers found next to her was registered under the pseudonym Arthur King and intended for Carrey.
Thus, the details of the case involved the Drug Dealer Liability Act.
Sweetman and Burton’s lawyer said, in May 2017:
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 word would bring to mind.
Yet Carrey’s lawyer Raymond Boucher argued the plaintiffs’ court papers are too vague regarding the wrongful death claim because they do not state whether they believe White died from negligence or from an intentional act.
After filing a countersuit against his accusers, Carrey wrote on Twitter:
There’s a lot of news coming out today. This is my statement on the matter. Today I filed a cross-complaint against Filippo Marchino, The X-Law Group, Mark Burton and Brigid Sweetman.
Unfortunately, I made the mistake three years ago of giving in and settling false claims made against me by Mr. Marchino, on behalf of Cat, as mounting a public defense is a very costly and painful process.
At the time I felt Cat was being exploited by Marchino.
Since this new case was filed, I have discovered the depth of deception behind those false claims, the kind of deception decent people fall for, because to us, such behaviour is unimaginable.
I will not give in a second time to these same fraudulent charges initiated by Cat’s husband in name but not substance Mark Burton, and her estranged mother.
Nor am I responsible for what these desperate characters have inadvertently unearthed about the woman I adored.
Carrey concluded saying he was ‘clearly blinded by my affection’ but would continue to ‘hold a place of empathy, and forgiveness for Cat’ and ‘focus on the many blessings in this life’.