Jim Carrey Alleges Extortion, Blames Former Girlfriend’s Mother and Lawyer for Her Death
Both White’s mother, Brigid Sweetman, and her husband, Mark Burton, blame Carrey for White’s 2015 death and are suing him. In an explosive cross-complaint filed Friday, Carrey’s attorney, Raymond Boucher, claims the lawsuit is nothing more than an attempt to exploit the public vulnerability of a famous actor. The court in May overruled Carrey’s demurrer to the complaint, setting the stage for an April 2018 trial.
Among other claims are allegations that the actor gave White the drugs that killed her. Carrey says White received Oxycodone and Zofran a few weeks before her death following a breast-augmentation corrective surgery, and later that month, she got a prescription for Vicodin. He also claims she obtained some of his pills by taking them secretly from his home.
“A handful of lawyers represent people willing to make false or misleading allegations designed to coerce successful celebrities into settling threatened litigation in order to avoid embarrassment from publication of the overly embellished (if not outright false) claims,” writes Boucher.
He’s not just talking about the lawsuits at hand. According to the filing, White herself extorted Carrey years ago with the help of friend and attorney Filippo Marchino. In 2013, they threatened to “go to the press” with allegations that Carrey gave White herpes I and II unless he paid her millions.
“At the time, Cat and Marchino knew the claim was false and knew the mere allegation would impact Jim and his career,” writes Boucher. “Rather than engage in a protracted and expensive public battle, Jim, as many in his position do, succumbed to the demands and privately resolved the issue with Cat and her lawyer.”
Carrey and White’s relationship was tumultuous from the start. When they began dating in the summer of 2012, White was living in the country illegally and without a steady income. That fall, her father died of brain cancer, and she was unable to travel to Ireland to attend the funeral because of her immigration status.
“After her father’s death, Cat began pressuring Jim to marry her,” writes Boucher, adding that the actor considered it and even went as far as having an attorney draft a prenup before deciding he couldn’t go through with it. “To him, ‘it felt fraudulent,’ but he indicated to Cat a willingness to continue to date and support her, including helping her retain an immigration attorney to assist her in obtaining legal residency.”
But, according to the actor’s suit, she wouldn’t drop it. She continued to push the idea, even sending him a text noting that “Cathriona Anne Carrey” sounded good. He asked her to ease off, but she became bitter and took his decision as rejection. They continued to date, and Carrey financially supported her while trying to help her pursue a photography career. The pressure to marry continued to mount, and in January 2013, Carrey ended the relationship, believing White needed to “develop her own identity and get her life in order.”
In response, White allegedly tried to commit suicide, but Carrey isn’t convinced that’s true. “Although evidence strongly suggests her claimed suicide attempt was a fabrication, she did tell her therapist, Cynthia Cohen, and a few friends about the alleged attempt,” writes Boucher. “If they believed her, they did absolutely nothing to help her.”
Days later, White took a bus to Las Vegas, where she married Burton. Carrey contends it was “solely for the purpose [of] obtaining her residency in the United States,” that she paid him $30,000 to do it and that Burton continued “hooking up” with one of White’s friends after they married. She didn’t tell Carrey about the suicide attempt or the wedding, according to the cross-complaint.